Monday, 16th March, 2015
By Patrick Reincke
Another St Pat’s race meeting has come and gone and a great day of racing has marked the 50th anniversary of this fine occasion.
Local trainer Barry Murray got a win in race three, Gordon Carter’s Brimming took out The Outback Cup and multiple races came right down to the wire.
It all started at 12.50pm with the Slater & Gordon Lawyers Maiden Plate getting things underway.
Favourite Choice Discovery ran well in the 900 metre race but was bested by Trevor Day’s Cough and Splutter by one and bit lengths.
The scratching of Loudanzo opened the door for Unleash Hell and Helbartor to round out the top four in an entertaining first race.
The Doctor Andrew Crossman Maiden Plate saw the favourite, Rodney Robb’s Cloverleaf claim victory, narrowly beating George Wright’s Henny’s Pride.
Bookies had Kym Buick’s Flame Queen as favourite but the mare struggled during the race and fell to the back of the pack and later finished second to last.
The Sureway Employment Class Three Handicap saw local trainer Barry Murray’s Magnusificent claim victory over Tizzy Lizzy and Hurricane Sonny.
The odds-on favourite Magic Bella could not find its way up to the front and finished close to the bottom of the field.
The races started getting closer and closer with the Dr Biljana Trask Handicap kicking off a run of tight finishes.
For the longest race of the day, a photo finish was required to pick a winner between Ron Daniel’s Cool As Hel and Kylie Mckerlie’s Captain Percy.
After a slight delay, Cool As Hel was declared the winner with no more than half a head separating first and second.
Lady Chora completed the trifecta with Nothing By Half following in fourth.
Race five, the Far West Auto Class Two Handicap saw Strathalbyn trainer Kym Healy have finishers in the top, middle and bottom.
Lady Lush finished in top spot while favourite Tiger Jet finished dead in the middle at fifth with Swingitlikesayers trailing in last place.
Little Audrey, Golden Lion and Rubens all trailed Lady Lush to complete the first four.
On the 50th anniversary of St Pat’s, the Clubs NSW and Keno Outback Cup did not disappoint the thousands in attendance with a tight race having patrons on the edge of their seats.
Over the course of the day, locally owned Hereford became the favourite to claim the prestigious Golden Harp.
But when the race got underway, it was an even field.
In the final dash, Gordon Carter’s Brimming, with Zac Spain in the saddle, made a push for victory with Annette Harder’s Tresette holding its own.
The two hustled and bustled for top spot with a photo finish having to tell them apart.
After an anxious wait, Brimming had clenched victory by the barest of margins with Tresette in second, St Ives in third and Girls Own completing the four.
Gordon Carter was ecstatic with Brimming’s efforts
“He gives it everything he’s got,” he said. “He’s Mr Consistency for me.
“You put your heart and soul into these things and it’s a great feeling.
“I’m over the moon.”
The favoured Hereford finished mid table after showing promising signs early.
The XXXX Gold Outback Sprint followed which saw the rivalry between Samzero and King Rodney continue.
Having previously raced against each other in a previous meeting with Samzero winning that affair, King Rodney wanted to even the score.
However, Samzero bested King Rodney by a very tight margin which led to some deliberation before a winner was crowned.
Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones’ Nriangi followed in third with Rainbow Ray hot on its tail.
The final race of the day, the Shannon Electrics Outback Stayer brought a fine day of racing to its close.
Kym Healy recorded another win with Air Comet winning by over two lengths.
Burn So Bright couldn’t close the gap in the later stages and finished second.
After training race three winner Magnusificent, Barry Murray had another good performer with Triumphant One finishing third with Akbar Mahal back in fourth.
The favourite in Sarcasm only managed to make it into sixth before he crossed the line.
The day was filled with tight contested racing, dazzling fashion, triumphant wins and unlucky losses with people flocking in their thousands to enjoy a great day at the races.
The day was an enormous success and won’t have any problem going for another 50 years and more.