Cup day reunion
If there’s one great thing about a meeting at the Berrigan Racecourse it’s the perfect place for a social outing and family gathering.
It was a special afternoon on Saturday for club stalwart Bill Daly and his family with a reunion at the races.
His extended family travelled from Melbourne and Mackay for a weekend in Berrigan and knew the Finley Autumn Cup was a must. Some of the grandchildren competed in Fashions on the Field and although they didn’t walk away winners, they remarked how special it was to be at the Berrigan Racecourse for the first time and what it meant to their grandfather.
Sunshine, warm weather and the chance to back a winner helped draw the crowds to the Berrigan Racecourse for the fifth annual Finley Autumn Cup on Saturday.
About 500 people streamed through the gates for the casual race meeting with plenty dressing to impress and enjoying the social afternoon.
A growing event on both the Berrigan and Finley calendars, the Finley Autumn Cup attracted patrons from Melbourne, South Australia and Tasmania.
Winning the $10,000 main event was six year-old gelding Gagosian trained by Albury’s Andrew Dale and ridden by Jake Duffy.
Berrigan & District Race Club president Geoff Swann said it was a ‘‘first class day’’.
‘‘The crowd has been great and above our expectations; the day was just perfect.
‘‘The wind died off, the sun was out and the place looked like an absolute oasis in what would otherwise be a desert safari theme.
‘‘The crowd was well behaved, it was a lovely social atmosphere with some great racing and good quality fields.
‘‘It’s really heartening for all the work that goes into a little club like us to put on a race meeting like this and get quality horses.
‘‘It’s a great relief and testament to the fact the club is doing quite a few things right.
‘‘We really thank the Finley community for coming on board and supporting a race meeting in what would normally be considered the arch enemy town.
‘‘It shows a social event breaks all boundaries and it’s terrific to see the support continuing,’’ Mr Swann said.
The glitz and glamour of Fashions on the Fields were on display with classic dresses and styles. The winners were as follows:
Lady of the Day — Tracy Butler and Ainsley Massina.
Couple of the Day — Sas and Brenton Honor. Little Racegoer — Chelsea Baker. Young Racegoer — Jane Hatty. Saturday was the last race meeting on the 2018/19 racing calendar for the Berrigan & District Race Club.
The club’s next meeting will be in the first month of the 2019/20 season in August followed by the annual Berrigan Cup in November.
The Daly family enjoyed the afternoon at the Finley Autumn Cup (from left) Megan, Jessica, Alana, Tess, Val, Bill, Brittany and Kiara Daly.
Lady of the Day joint-winners Tracy Butler and Ainsley Massina.
Couple of the Day Sas and Brenton Honor.
Young Racegoer Jane Hatty.
Little Racegoer Chelsea Baker.
Sandy Massina, Ted Hatty and Bruce Atkinson.
Shane Butler, Robb Hawkins and Chris Bell.
Jude O’Halloran and John Hawkins.
(From left) Andrea Sneddon, Ally Rourke, Angela Urquhart, Emma Evans, Wendy Daniel and Carmen Lawton.
Denis, Gil and Noelene Ackerly.
Rick and Deb Shaw.