Cup springs in to new date

Thorn­tons bat­tle it out for the cup

The Tatura Guardian - - Front Page - By Tara Whitsed

More than 900 race­go­ers flocked to the Tatura Race­course for the first Lad­brokes Tatura Cup to co­in­cide with the Spring Racing Car­ni­val.

The first fea­ture coun­try cup of the car­ni­val, Tatura and Shep­par­ton Racing Club­man­ager Jon Dight said it was an im­prove­ment to hold the event dur­ing spring.

‘‘We might look to shift it back a week or two . . . with foot­ball be­ing on,’’ he said.

Mr Dight said the club did not run its cup meet­ing last sea­son be­cause it wanted to fo­cus all its ef­forts on mak­ing its spring de­but a suc­cess.

The club paired the new spring cup date with new ma­jor spon­sor Lad­brokes. It fea­tured free kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vided by Kelly Sports, as well as a $20 pun­ters club with Rob Gay­lard for the grown-ups.

Hot Ruby, rid­den by Luke Oliver and trained by Damien Thorn­ton, took out the fea­ture race, the $30 000 Lad­brokes Tatura Cup, which was ran over 1450 m.

‘‘The jockey who rode sec­ond, Stephanie Thorn­ton, is ac­tu­ally Damien’s sis­ter,’’ Mr Dight said.

‘‘She was rid­ing Coun­try­man, trained by Mick Kent.’’

An­other ex­cit­ing win was in the Mark Gor­ing Hand­i­cap, raced in mem­ory of the jockey who died as a re­sult of a race fall at Tatura in 2003.

‘‘We had a lo­cal horse win race six, which was re­ally fan­tas­tic,’’ Mr Dight said.

‘‘That was Mar­got’s Boy rid­den by Belinda Dunn.’’

The club’s usual food and bev­er­ages were on of­fer, en­hanced by a gourmet bar­be­cue.

‘‘Tatura Cup Day is al­ways about more than just racing,” Mr Dight said. “It’s only go­ing to get big­ger and bet­ter in the years to come.”

The club looks for­ward to two more race days sched­uled for the 2017-18 racing sea­son.

There will be a Mon­day race day on Oc­to­ber 18 fol­lowed by the club’s fea­ture Ital­ian Plate Fes­ti­val Race Day on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 10.

Hot Ruby, rid­den by Damien Thorn­ton and trained by Luke Oliver, took out the $30 000 fea­ture Lad­brokes Tatura Cup at the Tatura Race­course on Satur­day.

The race was tightly con­tested with Damien’s sis­ter Stephanie Thorn­ton rid­ing Coun­try­man, trained by Mick Kent, in to sec­ond place.

With a crowd of more than 900 watching on, race­go­ers were ex­cited when Belinda Dunn rode lo­cal horse Mar­got’s Boy to vic­tory in race six, which was ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of jockey Mark Gor­ring.

Race day: Race­go­ers Da­mon Price, Damien Howe, Ni­cole West, Scott Ash­worth, Ray­mond Price, Karen Price and An­gela Mar­shall en­joyed Satur­day at the Lad­brokes Tatura Cup. For the first time, the cup co­in­cided with the Spring Racing Car­ni­val. De­spite a jam-packed week­end of sport across the Goul­burn Val­ley, the event at­tracted good num­bers. For more pho­tos see page 4.

Pic­ture:

Bren­dan McCarthy/Racing Pho­tos

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