RACES A MA­JOR SUC­CESS

Town comes to­gether for race meet­ing

Western Times - - FRONT PAGE -

HORSE RAC­ING: There was plenty of colour and ac­tion on track in Cun­na­mulla on Satur­day, as pun­ters flocked to the race­course for an ac­tion-packed five race card.

Cun­na­mulla and Dis­trict Dig­gers Race Club sec­re­tary Liz Land said she was proud to see pa­trons sup­port­ing the club’s idea of wear­ing pink to raise money for breast can­cer.

“It was a ter­rific day and ev­ery­one got in the pink spirit, even the the men wore pink,” Land said.

“Ev­ery­one made the ef­fort to make sure they wore pink in light of Pink Week start­ing to raise aware­ness of breast can­cer.”

Land added the crowd was a good mix­ture of pun­ters look­ing to get one up over the book­ies and women let­ting their hair down.

“We have al­ways held a ladies day at this races and all the ladies got in free for the oc­ca­sion.

“We roughly had about 120–150 peo­ple through the gate which was re­ally great, be­cause we usu­ally only get about 70 peo­ple.

“There were a lot of trav­ellers and vis­i­tors as well. There was a bit of a cool breeze on the week­end, but ev­ery­one rugged up and still had a great day.”

There was also a Fash­ions on the Field com­pe­ti­tion, with many men and women dress­ing to the nines for the event.

Or­gan­iser Kirsty Sch­midt said it was great to see a high level of in­volve­ment.

“I was re­ally im­pressed with ev­ery­one, es­pe­cially all the men wear­ing pink,” Sch­midt said.

“Ev­ery­one made an ef­fort to wear pink which was good.”

The cat­e­gories of the event in­cluded best dressed man, woman, boy and girl, with the job of pick­ing a win­ner a tough gig.

“It was re­ally hard to pick the win­ner in the women's and chil­dren's cat­e­gory,” Sch­midt said.

“The men wasn’t too hard though be­cause Greg Tice­hurst wore a full pink suit, so he was the clear win­ner.”

On the track Writ­ten Guar­an­tee ($4) saluted in the first event, beat­ing home I’m Sassy ($2.80) and Un­ac­com­pa­nied ($5).

Four-year-old mare Rel­nino ($3.60) stormed home in the sec­ond race for her sec­ond ca­reer win, with Re­new­ing Hope ($6) and Bernie’s Desert ($10) round­ing out the plac­ings.

Den­man Dream­ing ($4.20) proved to be a class above in the third, with the five-year-old mare get­ting the bis­cuits for trainer Ed­ward Jon­son.

Race four saw the pun­ters strug­gling to de­cide be­tween three hot chances, with one of them, Po­lar Blitz ($2.80), get­ting the busi­ness done.

War­rior of Peace ($2.40) won the final race.

PHOTO: NARELLE PAT­TER­SON

HOT TO TROT: Po­lar Blitz win­ning the Buster & Lor­raine Sch­midt Memo­rial Open Hand­i­cap 1000 me­tres at Cun­na­mulla on Satur­day.

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