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Starring roles at Silver City Cup

Wednesday, 14th September, 2011

UNIQUE CONNECTION: Makybe Weekes, who shares a name with one of Australia’s greatest racetrack performers, will be an ambassador for October’s Silver City Cup. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt UNIQUE CONNECTION: Makybe Weekes, who shares a name with one of Australia’s greatest racetrack performers, will be an ambassador for October’s Silver City Cup. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

By John Casey

Seven-year-old Makybe Weekes will go through life with one of the more unusual Christian names, but the decision by her horse-loving parents to name her after the triple Melbourne Cup winner is already paying dividends.

Makybe, a Year One student at Burke Ward primary school, has been honoured as an ambassador for this year’s Silver City Cup race meeting, which is now a little more than five weeks away.

Makybe’s parents, Zac and Megan, are both keen horse racing people and came up with the name after Makybe Diva’s first Melbourne Cup win in 2003.

The mare went on to capture another two Melbourne Cups after Makybe was born and not surprisingly the youngster is a big fan.

“I really enjoy going to the races and I am looking forward to the Silver City Cup,” Makybe said.

“I’m planning to dress up and be a part of the fashion parade,” she added. 

The SC Cup, which will be run on Saturday October 22, differs from the annual St Patrick’s Day races by gearing itself toward a day at the track for all the family.

“That is why we thought Makybe would be such a great ambassador for the event,” race day entertainment manager Jane Weekes said.

“Whereas St Pats is the biggest social event on the Broken Hill calendar, the Silver City Cup day is about families getting together for a day of fun with the horse racing as a backdrop.

“We tailor the events at the track toward families and this year we will again be providing fun for the kids such as face painting, a jumping castle and pony rides,” Ms Weekes added.

For the first time the 2011 SC Cup will also include a junior section in the popular fashions on the field competition.

“We encourage everyone to dress up and enjoy the day and this year the children will have the chance to win fashion prizes just like Mum and Dad,” Ms Weekes said.

“We have prizes for the Best Dressed boy and girl to complement the usual fashion events for the adults.”

Television celebrities Hugh Sheridan and George Houvardas from Channel 7’s popular “Packed to the Rafters” will be this year’s guest personalities.

“We had Angus McLaren from ‘Rafters’ last year and he was a big success and we expect Hugh and George will do likewise,” Ms Weekes continued.

Seven-year-old Makybe will have the chance to chaperone the TV celebrities around BH as part of her ambassador’s duties.

Membership for this year’s SC Cup is now open and costs $30 from the St Pat’s office in Crystal Street, with a prize valued at almost $1000 donated by Silver City Scenic Flights up for grabs.

“A scenic flight for five people over the Menindee Lakes area will be won by a lucky member,” Ms Weekes said.

“I’d also encourage any social clubs or groups who would like to have an early Christmas event coincide with the cup meeting to book a picnic site for the day. It’s an idea that has worked well for groups in past years.”

Further information can be obtained by phoning 8087 3828.

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