Day at the races in red dirt-style

Pilbara News - - Sport - Louise Alling­ham

Par­ents and chil­dren from across the Pil­bara en­joyed a day out at the races last Satur­day at the Nor West Jockey Club’s Kar­ratha Signs Fam­ily Day.

All eyes were on the track at the club’s sec­ond meet of the year in which hun­dreds at­tended.

Al­bany train­ers had a stel­lar day on the field win­ning three of the day’s six races with horses Toru Waimarie, Bernar­dini Ge­nie and Speed ‘n’ Reef all from the south coast town.

Port Hed­land-trained horse King Cool, rid­den by jockey Noel Rud­land, started the day off with a win in race one the 1100m hand­i­cap.

Toru Waimarie had another successful day on the track tak­ing out the On­site Ren­tals hand­i­cap and in race three it was Steve, rid­den by jockey El­lie Cock­ram who got over the line first.

The Kar­ratha Signs Fam­ily Day hand­i­cap 1200m was the fourth event and the fea­ture race of the day and it was won by Bernar­dini Ge­nie.

Bol­shoi Bandit came in ahead of the pack in the fifth race and Speed ‘n’ Reef took out the fi­nal race of the day.

Aside from the races, pun­ters also en­joyed per­for­mances from Dance FX, a kids fash­ions on the field, face paint­ing, rides, amuse­ments and gourmet food from lo­cal ven­dors. Nor West Jockey Club pres­i­dent Kevin Kin­in­month said he had no com­plaints about what turned out to be another great fam­ily day.

“The kids had a good time with their own fash­ions on the field, jump­ing cas­tles and of course horserac­ing, so we had a very good turnout,” he said.

Mr Kin­in­month thanked the train­ers for bring­ing their horses to the event.

“Our reg­u­lar train­ers, who come from Ex­mouth and Port Hed­land to sup­port us, have all gone away with win­ners to­day so they’d be very happy with the re­sults,” he said.

He said the an­nual event would be able to con­tinue with the over­whelm­ing com­mu­nity sup­port they re­ceive ev­ery year.

“It’s that good a tra­di­tion that’s just con­tin­ued and that’s how it is — they all love rac­ing and the race dirt,” he said.

Pic­ture: Louise Alling­ham

Hun­dreds flocked to the Roe­bourne Race­course for the an­nual fam­ily day on the week­end.

Toru Waimarie won the 1400m On­site Ren­tals Hand­i­cap.

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