Cup day re­union

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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.

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