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For Grace this race is one to remember

Saturday, 22nd October, 2011

FAMILY AFFAIR: At the moment Grace Hawes only has photos of her grand-daughter Eleanor Webster- Hawes as a jockey, but today that changes when she will watch her ride for the first time at the Silver City  Cup meeting. FAMILY AFFAIR: At the moment Grace Hawes only has photos of her grand-daughter Eleanor Webster- Hawes as a jockey, but today that changes when she will watch her ride for the first time at the Silver City Cup meeting.

Proud grandmother Grace Hawes is hoping for an early 90th birthday gift today when her grand-daughter Eleanor Webster-Hawes attempts to win the prestigious Silver City Cup.

Grace, who turns 90 on Christmas Day, will be part of a large family contingent who today will see Eleanor ride for the first time.

The Dubbo-based apprentice jockey has five rides this afternoon - including Musee D’Goss in the feature Silver City Cup - and to read more about her story, see our preview on the Back Page.

Race organisers have advised patrons to be well prepared for today’s weather which is forecast to reach 31 degrees.

“Public transport is available for just $4 each way and is your best bet for transport,” the spokesman said.

The bus service will start at 11am from Pizza Hut in Argent Street with stops at the Post Office and the Junction Hotel en route to the racecourse. Return is via Williams and Bromide Streets from around 5pm.

Police are reminding racegoers that there will be no tolerance of unruly or anti-social behaviour.

Superintendent Mick Stoltenberg said he wanted race goers to enjoy themselves at the meeting, but not at the expense of others.

“Organisers of the race meetings have worked hard over the years to ensure that the days are held by revellers who are in good spirits and enjoy themselves,” Supt Stoltenberg said.

“If you are asked to leave any licenced premises, by staff - security or otherwise - take the advice and leave straight away.

“If you stay around you are committing an offence and may find yourself being issued with a fine or even arrested.”

Supt Stoltenberg said there would be extra patrols around ensuring that motorists were not driving drunk.

“If you are planning on having a few, leave the car at home, use public transport or even consider the designated driver option,” he said.

 

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