Carnival of Cups a truly colourful affair
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.
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Amanda Turnbull (driver) combined with father Steve to pump Firestorm Red past the post and capture the prized Little Red Jug