Day at the races in red dirt-style
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.
Hundreds flocked to the Roebourne Racecourse for the annual family day on the weekend.
Toru Waimarie won the 1400m Onsite Rentals Handicap.