‘Tar­pot’ fea­ture run on the cards

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Back­wards run­ning will be a fea­ture of the 2018 Di­gior­gio Fam­ily Wines Ap­s­ley Cup on Sun­day with com­peti­tors racing for up to $1000 in prize money.

Ap­s­ley Racing Club in­tro­duced the Jimmy Tar­pot Cup for the fastest back­wards run­ner over 100 yards – 91 me­tres – at its 2016 meet­ing.

The cup is named in hon­our of Jimmy Tar­pot, born Mur­rum­gunerrimin, who worked on Bringal­bert Sta­tion out­side of Ap­s­ley.

Tar­pot was a mem­ber of the Abo­rig­i­nal cricket team that played the Mel­bourne Cricket Club at the MCG on Box­ing Day in 1866.

As part of the tour to Mel­bourne, the Abo­rig­i­nal cricket team ran a sports day at the MCG and Tar­pot thrilled the thou­sands of peo­ple in at­ten­dance with the un­usual feat of run­ning 100 yards back­wards in 14 sec­onds.

Due to in­jury, Tar­pot did not make the famed tour of Eng­land with his fel­low team-mates, but he did re­turn to Ap­s­ley and be­came a renowned wool classer.

Ap­s­ley Racing Club pres­i­dent Roger Pfitzner said the club wanted to do some­thing to pro­mote the an­niver­sary of the Abo­rig­i­nal cricket team’s tour to Eng­land.

“When we learnt about Jimmy Tar­pot, it couldn’t be any­thing but a back­wards run­ning race,” he said.

“Most of us couldn’t even imag­ine run­ning that fast forwards.”

Mr Pfitzner said the back­wards race proved to be pop­u­lar with the race-go­ing crowd.

“In 2016, the back­wards race drew more of a crowd than the horses,” he said.

This year, com­peti­tors will race for $1000 in prize money, thanks to West Wim­mera Shire Coun­cil.

The race will be down the main straight be­tween horse races.

The Jimmy Tar­pot Cup is but one at­trac­tion at Eden­hope Race­course on Sun­day.

“Ap­s­ley Racing Club has en­sured there is plenty more to keep the crowd en­ter­tained in­clud­ing free kids en­ter­tain­ment, live mu­sic, fash­ions on the field, great lo­cal food, wine and cof­fee and a new pub­lic bar in prime race view­ing po­si­tion up on the mound,” Mr Pfitzner said.

Tick­ets for the day can be pre-pur­chased on­line for $15, or at the gate for $20.

Ap­s­ley Racing Club mem­ber­ships are for sale at Ap­s­ley Post Of­fice, Eden­hope Post Of­fice and The Bor­der Inn, Ap­s­ley.

Mem­ber­ship costs $20 and in­cludes en­try to the Ap­s­ley, Nara­coorte and Nhill cup meet­ings as well as a 15 per­cent dis­count at Di­gior­gio Fam­ily Wines, Coon­awarra.

Peo­ple can search Ap­s­ley Racing Club on Face­book for more in­for­ma­tion about the day.

Peo­ple can book tick­ets on­line at coun­try. racing.com/ap­s­ley or call club man­ager Lisa Inkster on 0427 989 212 for book­ings.

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