Race day success
Tuesday, 8th October, 2019
By Michael Murphy
Pooncarie battled against the odds to pull off another successful race meeting on Saturday.
About 1000 people turned out to witness a packed program - including nine runners for the Pooncarie Cup - and the atmosphere was one of celebration despite tough times for many in the district.
“It was fantastic,” Pooncarie Race Club president Lyle Massey said yesterday.
“It was a little bit warm, but we can’t control that ... it was a good crowd, similar to previous years.
“It was good for people to catch up, and enjoy the weekend and forget about their problems for a day.”
The former horse trainer said he thought a few more might have come through the gates because they managed to avoid a clash with the AFL Grand Final.
“But with 38 degree heat, no water in the river, no one here camping and fishing for the long weekend, take them negatives off, and I think we done well.”
The Pooncarie Cup is the biggest event in the town “by a hundred miles,” Mr Massey said, but it almost did not happen this year.
About a week-and-a-half out, they realised they didn’t have water for the track. Twelve 23,500 litre tanks were organised, and Wentworth Shire Council contractors trucked in water in the nick of time.
“The shire council has been fantastic, they really got behind us,” Mr Massey said.
“It was the only way we could do it, the track was so dry, it needed a fair bit of water.”
Swan Hill trainer Nathan Hobson won the Pooncarie Cup with Souffrant, the gelding’s sixth career win from 23 starts.
Ridden by Madison Lloyd, the win completed a double for Hobson, who also won the second race of the day with Blacklisted.
Menindee trainer Wayne Marsden also scored a double for the day with wins to Three Rar in race three, and Orgetorix in the last race of the day.