NW Jockey Club hosts big meet

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Per­era

With a packed crowd of lo­cals dressed in their rac­ing finest, buzzing at­mos­phere and horses fly­ing down a red-dirt track, the 150th Roe­bourne Cup showed the lure of the Nor-West Jockey Club’s pre­miere event is still go­ing strong a cen­tury and a half af­ter it all be­gan.

The his­toric race, held on Satur­day, drew about 2000 peo­ple to pack the State’s sec­ond-old­est jockey club for a great day out and a punt on seven races, fol­lowed by a game of two-up, in keep­ing with a tra­di­tion fol­lowed since 1867.

The mile­stone 150th Roe­bourne Cup was won by favourite Boys Ge­taround Him in a thrilling come­from-be­hind last stretch, with Scar­fone Star, Vic­to­ria Peak and Beg to Dif­fer com­ing in sec­ond, third and fourth re­spec­tively.

First race, the Onyx Maiden, was won by Clarke, Tem­pes­tu­ous Strike took the Thrifty Hand­i­cap and Fringe claimed top hon­ours in the Dou­ble R Hand­i­cap.

Mean­while, Danaura came first in the XXXX Gold Set­tlers Sprint, Bol­shoi Ban­dit won the MCS Hand­i­cap and Our Bru­cie Bonus was the win­ner in race six, the Su­pa­gas Hand­i­cap. Pre­sen­ta­tions were made af­ter the fi­nal race and in­cluded the NWJC com­mit­tee pre­sent­ing 69-year-old jockey Danny Miller with a framed pic­ture as thanks for his many years of ser­vice.

Chris Ni­coll was an­nounced the club’s jockey of the year, Jac­quiline Hen­der­son won trainer of the year and the horse of the year award went to Ber­na­dini Ge­nie.

NWJC pres­i­dent Kevin Kin­in­month said it had been a “great day’s rac­ing” for the Roe­bourne Cupt, which he said showed “the Pil­bara at its best”.

He said as the 150th run­ning of the Cup it was a par­tic­u­larly sig­nif­i­cant oc­ca­sion.

“I think it’s a great achieve­ment for the Nor-West Jockey Club and for the Roe­bourne races,” he said.

“It’s be­come a bit of a legacy, I think, and it’s iconic as well.

“Hope­fully it’s around for many more years to come at Roe­bourne so peo­ple can come and en­joy it.”

Kin­in­month thanked the NWJC com­mit­tee for their work or­gan­is­ing the year’s race meets.

The 150th Cup day also drew a num­ber of NWJC life mem­bers back and gave them the op­por­tu­nity to re­flect on what had helped the club to en­dure.

Life mem­ber of the Coun­try Rac­ing As­so­ci­a­tion of WA and NWJC, Dar­ryl Rooney, said he vis­ited espe­cially for the an­niver­sary.

He said there had been a lot of changes to the club’s fa­cil­i­ties over the years but the same ba­sic race day for­mula had al­ways pre­vailed.

“It’s had its ups and downs, but I hope it’s here to stay,” he said.

“As you can see to­day the crowds come here, they en­joy them­selves, and I think that’s what it’s all about.”

NWJC life mem­ber David Mor­gan said Roe­bourne Cup day still had “charisma” as a clas­sic North West race meet and it was spe­cial to be in at­ten­dance on the 150th an­niver­sary.

NWJC life mem­ber Jim Bren­ton said the club was a part of life in Roe­bourne and Kar­ratha.

“It’ll never die. It’s just part and par­cel of liv­ing here,” he said.

“The best part about it is the peo­ple you meet, the train­ers who come — ev­ery­one gets to be sort of fam­ily.”

Af­ter the races, band Im­pact Mat­ter got the crowd danc­ing.

The an­niver­sary race meet also fea­tured an in­au­gu­ral ex­hi­bi­tion from Roe­bourne Art Group in the mem­bers’ area, an event the NWJC com­mit­tee plans to run an­nu­ally.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Chris Ni­coll boots Boys Ge­taround Him over the fin­ish line to win the 150th Roe­bourne Cup.

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