Sun fi­nally shines on Jer­ilderie’s Gold Cup

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Jer­ilderie Race Club or­gan­is­ers could not have asked for a bet­ter day on Satur­day, with the pleas­ant weather help­ing to at­tract hun­dreds of peo­ple to the six-race Jer­ilderie Gold Cup Race Day.

The pic­ture per­fect sunny con­di­tions was a relief for or­gan­is­ers, af­ter two years of poor weather forced can­cel­la­tions in 2016 and 2017.

Jer­ilderie lo­cals were in full voice on the day, and par­tic­u­larly in race two when Jer­ilderie trainer Phil Sweeney and his daugh­ter Brooke won with My Zarmi­dala.

Later in the day it was the Lee­ton trained Zar­reig win­ning the Jer­ilderie Gold Cup from Greipel in sec­ond and Sweeney in third and fourth with Our Project and Fi­nan­cial Miss re­spec­tively.

Pun­ters packed the book­ies ring through­out the day, whilst oth­ers took an eas­ier ap­proach sit­ting back on the lawn lin­ing the track or pop­ping cham­pagne in the mar­quees.

Jer­ilderie Race Club pres­i­dent Des McRae said he was thrilled with how the day went, say­ing it pro­vided great ben­e­fit for the town as well.

‘‘We’ve had a fan­tas­tic day with a huge crowd, the weather has been ex­cel­lent, the en­tries in the Fash­ions on the Field are out­stand­ing with many peo­ple dress­ing up and re­ally show­ing off their out­fits,’’ Mr McRae said.

‘‘The rac­ing has been with­out any in­ci­dents; ev­ery horse has had a fair chance and it was great to see a stal­wart of the train­ing bri­gade of the South­ern Dis­trict As­so­ci­a­tion — Peter Clancy — win his first Jer­ilderie Gold Cup with his fam­ily favourite horse Zar­reig.

‘‘It’s good to see Phil get a win­ner and then have a sec­ond in the next race in which lo­cal trainer Ross Pur­cell had a third plac­ing.

‘‘It’s great to see the lo­cals par­tic­i­pate and share in some of the prize­money.

‘‘It’s a ma­jor relief to have a full day of rac­ing and to see peo­ple come back to the races.

‘‘There are also a lot of out­siders com­ing along to­day and a lot of young peo­ple. They’re the next gen­er­a­tion of race­go­ers and we are de­lighted to see them at Jer­ilderie.’’

(From left) Alice and Justin Jones, Rachael Pitt, Ros Lock­hart and Tanya Tay­lor Smith en­joy­ing the sun­shine at the Jer­ilderie Gold Cup on Satur­day.

Ha­ley and Rachele O’Connell, Cass Wy­nan and Ruth Eyre.

LEFT: Julie Hansen, Jac­qui Law­ton and Ja­nine Gibbs.

ABOVE: Jac­inta and Trevor Eldridge.

Chaz and Lau­rie Scarce.

Marc and Rachel Bray­bon.

Kaye As­bury and Denise Kennedy.

Ja­nine and Abbey A’Vard.

Mia and Is­abeau As­bury.

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