Big crowd en­joys ‘‘fan­tas­tic’’ race day

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It’s the big­gest day in the South­ern Rive­rina and it cer­tainly didn’t dis­ap­point, with race­go­ers turn­ing out in droves for the Ber­ri­gan Cup.

The Ber­ri­gan Race Club com­mit­tee couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter day on Satur­day, with con­stant sun­shine and a full card of ex­cit­ing coun­try rac­ing.

Pa­trons dressed their best with an amaz­ing col­lec­tion of colour­ful gar­ments and head­wear in the Fash­ions on the Field.

On the big­gest day of the town’s rac­ing cal­en­der, many in the crowd gath­ered in front of the big screen to take in the group rac­ing in Mel­bourne in­clud­ing the $2 mil­lion Vic­to­rian Derby won by the Dar­ren Weir-trained Ex­tra Brut.

Race Club pres­i­dent Ge­off Swann said he was thrilled with how the day panned out.

‘‘The over­all day has been fan­tas­tic, just a dream day for the Ber­ri­gan Race Club.

‘‘Per­fect weather af­ter the bad days we had in the lead up, we’ve had a fan­tas­tic crowd who have been well-be­haved.

‘‘The rac­ing has been great, we’ve seen some very good horses win very stylishly,’’ Mr Swann said.

Other than a mi­nor scuf­fle af­ter the fi­nal race which lead to the ejec­tion of some pa­trons, po­lice said the crowd was on their best be­hav­iour.

The Ber­ri­gan Cup race meet­ing drew thou­sands from across the re­gion but two spe­cial pa­trons came all the way from Gee­long.

Gee­long Cats star for­ward Tom Hawkins and his daugh­ter Ara­bella re­turned to the lo­cal area for the big­gest event in the South­ern Rive­rina.

Mr Hawkins said he was just up for the Cup and it was a good chance to catch up with fam­ily and old friends adding that it was ‘‘nice to be back home for a few days’’.

He told the South­ern Rive­rina News his first bet of the day was on ‘‘race four, num­ber four — Au­to­crat.’’

The six-year-old geld­ing and sec­ond favourite un­for­tu­nately fin­ished sev­enth.

They’re off and rac­ing... (from left) Zac Fitzger­ald, Joe Karakai and Zeke Carruthers at Satur­day’s Ber­ri­gan Cup.

Ara­bella and Tom Hawkins.

Jess Fuller, Sa­van­nah Wil­son, Jess Pyle and Steph Price.

Judie Hud­son, Kim Collins and Ker­ryn Pur­cell.

Julie Ma­conachie and Sasha Wood.

Kirsty Clarke, Ruby Rus­sell and Olivia Ci­col­ini.

John Thom­son, Glenn Collins and Lee Beavis.

Michael Maxwell, San­dra Gray and Jodie Ci­col­ini.

Har­ri­son Cowie, Ben Plem­ing and Kyle Tur­ton.

Alice, Sally and Ge­off Ben­nett.

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