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‘Absolutely superb’

Monday, 19th March, 2012

SWEET COLLEEN: Rebel Bell won Colleen of the Course. SWEET COLLEEN: Rebel Bell won Colleen of the Course.

By Emily Roberts

It seemed that the luck of the Irish was with the St Patrick’s Race Club when they held their 47th race meet on Saturday.

The Friday before the event caused some worries among the club members but the day couldn’t have turned out better, according to Club President Marg Corradini.

Luck of the Irish

Monday, 19th March, 2012

IN THE STRAIGHT: Lotto Blues, on the outside, fighting it out with St Ives in the feature event. IN THE STRAIGHT: Lotto Blues, on the outside, fighting it out with St Ives in the feature event.

St Patrick’s Day was made even more special for Irish-born jockey Tara O’Donnell who rode Lotto Blues to victory in the Races Clubs NSW and Keno Outback Cup at the St Pat’s race meeting on Saturday.

It was the apprentice jockey’s second win in her relatively short career with trainer Kym Healy.

The 10-year-old gelding beat a field of nine other top horses to score from St Ives in a tight finish.

Fashion to the fore

Monday, 19th March, 2012

EFFORT REWARDED: A 120km trip to the races on muddy outback roads was worth it for Joanna Gall who won Most Stylish Lady. EFFORT REWARDED: A 120km trip to the races on muddy outback roads was worth it for Joanna Gall who won Most Stylish Lady.

By Emily Roberts

Flyaway feathers, trend-setters wearing black and white and an always popular fashions competition made this year’s St Pat’s a success, according to organisers.

The Fashions on the Field had a windy start at the St Pat’s races on Saturday but that couldn’t stop style coming to the fore.

Racing firms

Saturday, 17th March, 2012

HEAVY GOING: Strapper Andrew Menz having a splash at the racecourse yesterday morning. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt HEAVY GOING: Strapper Andrew Menz having a splash at the racecourse yesterday morning. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

Organisers upbeat despite drenching

 By Kurtis Eichler

 Despite a torrential downpour flooding the racecourse yesterday, organisers are confident today’s St Pat’s race meeting will go on.

The normally dry, red dirt track was inundated after it started raining on Thursday night and continued yesterday afternoon.

As the skies cleared, workers began to drain the track and organisers’ confidence was restored.

Be merry, not mindless

Saturday, 17th March, 2012

MIND YOUR DRINK: Police are asking racegoers not to leave drinks unattended. MIND YOUR DRINK: Police are asking racegoers not to leave drinks unattended.

Police are asking racegoers to act responsibly at the St Pat’s meeting today.

Officers and the Highway Patrol will be out and about and Detective Sergeant Matt McCarthy warned motorists about the risks and dangers of mixing alcohol and driving.

“Drinking impairs your decision-making and everything can turn pear shaped,” he said.

“If you are going to drink, use a designated driver or public transport. If you are needing the exercise, walk.”

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