Breed­ers’ Stakes prizes stay­ing put

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By KA­T­RINA TANIRAU mata­mata.ed­i­

As Gra­ham Welling­ton headed out the door to at­tend the J Swap Con­trac­tors Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes on Satur­day, he said to his wife: ‘‘See you later, I’m off to win a car now’’. And that’s ex­actly what he did. ‘‘Ev­ery day I would go to work and tell ev­ery­one that I was go­ing to win the car, I even had the num­ber 71 in my head,’’ he said. ‘‘I won a TV and a car came with it too!’’ Jaye Clarke from Mata­mata Rac­ing Club said she had to read the piece of pa­per about five times be­fore it reg­is­tered that Mr Welling­ton had won. ‘‘It was an ab­so­lute thrill,’’ she said. ‘‘To go to such a lovely lo­cal guy like Gra­ham, it couldn’t have been more per­fect.’’

Mr Welling­ton won a brand new Ford Fal­con FG MKII XR6 val­ued at $50,000 from Fairview Mo­tors Mata­mata.

Mata­mata Rac­ing Club pres­i­dent John Moore said the fact that a lo­cal had won the car topped off what is thought to be the big­gest Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes Day ever.

Num­bers were up on last year and Ms Clark said ap­prox­i­mately 5000 peo­ple turned out to en­joy a day of great horse rac­ing, fash­ion and en­ter­tain­ment.

Hast­ings-based horse Re­cite took out the main race in a thrilling dash to the fin­ish line in the J Swap Con­trac­tors Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes race.

Gra­ham McGurk from Mata­mata Po­lice said once again the day was a huge success.

‘‘Be­sides three peo­ple be­ing pro­cessed for drink driv­ing, the day was fan­tas­tic,’’ he said.

‘‘The crowd was so well be­haved.’’

Lucky man: Gra­ham Welling­ton walked away from the J Swap Con­trac­tors Mata­mata Breed­ers’ Stakes with a brand new car and tele­vi­sion.

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