Car­ni­val of Cups a truly colour­ful af­fair

Dubbo Photo News - - Sport - GE­OFF MANN MEL POCKNALL

WITH the fer­ris wheel turn­ing and the big arm swing­ing and the ca­coph­ony of Show-go­ers en­joy­ing them­selves across the hal­lowed grounds, the an­nual Dubbo Red Ochre and Car­ni­val of Cups Fi­nals were run at the Pace­way.

“This has to be the most unique meet­ing in Aus­tralia,” Har­ness Rac­ing NSW Act­ing CEO Peter Car­ney beamed.

“Nowhere else com­bines the bril­liant spec­ta­cle of horse trot­ting and pac­ing around a su­perb track with that cas­cade of colour,” he added.

Dubbo’s Car­ni­val of Cups at­tracted qual­ity fields and some out­stand­ing rac­ing. Go­ing into the last event, the Dubbo track was on the cusp of his­tory.

“If they keep their mile rates un­der two min­utes, this will be the first time the feat has been achieved in every race at a trot­ting meet­ing on this fa­mous track,” Dubbo Har­ness Rac­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber Gra­ham Phipps quipped.

Red was the name on ev­ery­one’s lips.

“The Lit­tle Red Jug pace, a mag­nif­i­cent all-the-way win by Firestorm Red, and the Red Ochre taken out by, you guessed it, Scar­let Babe made it a good night for the colour-coded pun­ters. Add in Ned Pep­per and it was a red hot night of pac­ing un­der the rib­bon of light here in Dubbo,” Pres­i­dent Len Ed­wards re­marked.

It was truly an amaz­ing night’s en­ter­tain­ment against a stunning back­ground. The quick-wit­ted and pas­sion­ate calls by Michael Du­mis­ney added to the spec­ta­cle.

“And we’ll all be back to do it again next year,” Len added with a broad smile.

Tom Pay con­tin­ues gen­er­a­tions of commitment and ex­cel­lence in the sport Mayor Ben Shields at­tended his first har­ness rac­ing meeti tro­phy to the win­ner of the first

Amanda Turn­bull (driver) com­bined with fa­ther Steve to pump Firestorm Red past the post and cap­ture the prized Lit­tle Red Jug

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