Raceday is a winner
Described as ‘‘one of the best ever’’ and ‘‘ just like the old days’’, Saturday’s J Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders’ Stakes meeting goes down as a standout for the Matamata Racing Club’s flagship raceday.
Once again the local community got right behind the occasion and rolled up, with a record number of car boot spots allocated, record entries for the increasingly popular Fashions in the Field contest and a buzz throughout the course that left no doubt that this was an occasion to be enjoyed by all.
Out on the track, the racing was action-packed despite unsummerlike weather in the days leading up to the weekend that had impacted on field sizes. For the second year running, a Cambridge-trained filly took the honours in the feature J Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders’ Stakes, when the Jeff McveanEmma-lee Browne-trained Rollout The Carpet got the better of Stratford filly Liberating and the favourite, Te Awamutu-trained Silk Pins.
‘‘There were a few nerves going into this year’s Breeders’ Stakes meeting, but the weather came right in time for a perfect day and an outstanding occasion overall,’’ said Matamata Racing Club president John Moore.
Gorgeous: Stephanie Bentvelzen was crowned the overall winner of the J Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders’ Stakes Fashion in the Field contest. Buzzing: The crowd at the 2012 J Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders’ Stakes soaked up the atmosphere. Victorious: Rollout The Carpet and Matt Cameron hit the line, easy winners of the J Swap Contractors Matamata Breeders’ Stakes.
Easily won: Viadana (Cameron Lammas) scores a popular home track win on the Matamata Breeders’ Stakes card.