Races rein in big crowd

Charleville jockey Les­lie ‘Bubba’ Til­ley takes home the Meatant Cup

Western Times - - SPORT - Martin Volz

HORSE RAC­ING: Au­gathella turned on quite a show on Mon­day at the Easter races for its an­nual meet.

More than 200 trav­ellers from across the west packed into the race­course pav­il­ion for the five-race meet.

Lo­cals from across Mur­weh Shire ar­rived early and started plac­ing bets.

Per­haps the busiest peo­ple of the day were the can­teen staff, dish­ing up steak burg­ers and serv­ing drinks to end­less lines of hun­gry pun­ters and rev­ellers from morn­ing till late.

The fi­nal race of the day, the cov­eted Meatant Cup, saw a Charleville jockey known as Bubba pre­vail a full length ahead of Dakota Gra­ham on Be­van John­son’s Fab’s Cow­boy.

Les­lie “Bubba” Til­ley, who rode Nude Se­crets across the fin­ish line, said it was good to tick the Meatant Cup off the bucket list.

“I am chas­ing my old man’s record, who won nearly all the cups in the bush,” Bubba said.

“I would love to get the Charleville Cup this year,” he said.

Most eyes were on the race­course, watch­ing bets grow or in some cases flut­ter away, but heads did turn to watch the fash­ions on the field and the gen­er­ous prizes awarded to the best-dressed.

Af­ter the last horse crossed the line and night set in, race­go­ers grooved the night away with live mu­sic.

PHOTO: MARTIN VOLZ

STAM­PEDE: Bubba Til­ley, Nude Se­crets and trainer Ed­ward John­son won the Meatant Cup.

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