A beautiful spring day contributed to a crowd of approximately 6,000 race-goers descending on the Pyrenees region in Western Victoria on Saturday to enjoy one of country racing’s most iconic race days, Avoca Cup Day.
Set among the picturesque backdrop of the Pyrenees Ranges, patrons took advantage of the relaxed racing atmosphere to enjoy great food, wine and entertainment, including fashions on the field, and revelled in a plethora of fun activities for the whole family.
The Avoca Shire Turf Club was honoured to have the Premier of Victoria and Minister for Racing Denis Napthine in attendance on their biggest race day of the year.
The Christina Jeffery trained Scaredymac took out the 2014 Pyrenees Winemakers Avoca Cup (1860m), winding back the clock to score his first win in just under two years.
Apprentice jockey Boris Thornton guided Scaredymac to a 0.75L victory over the Mick Cerchi trained Henshaw, with Dan O’Sullivan’s 2013 Burrumbeet Cup winner Gottino a further 0.2L away in third place.
It was another successful day for the hard working committee and the next meeting for the Avoca Shire Turf Club is the very popular Pyrenees Christmas races on Saturday 6th December 2014.
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Seven races were held on 2014 Pyrenees Winemakers Avoca Cup day with Nikita Beriman and Boris Thornton riding two winners each.
Race 1 – Only a Little Bit Over’ Plate (1860m)
Winner: BROWN ENERGY Frank Conlan (Trainer) Ms Nikita Beriman (Jockey) 59.5kg $3.50
Race 2 – Astbury Welding & Contracting 3YO Maiden Plate (1200m)
Winner: NOVEL IDEA Brent Stanley Luke Londregan (a2) 56kg (cd 54kg) $1.65F
Race 3 – Avoca Caravan Park Maiden Plate (1300m)
Winner: POLINELLI Glenn Thornton Boris Thornton (a3) 59.5kg (cd 56.5kg) $3.50F
Race 4 – Broadbent Grain Classic (1200m)
Winner: TYCOON JEWEL Austy Coffey Ms Nikita Beriman 58kg $2.40F
Race 5 – Avoca Community Bank BM64 Handicap (1300m)
Winner: ASSET HOUND Barry & Glen James Kevin Forrester 58.5kg $4.60EF
Race 6 – Pyrenees Winemakers Avoca Cup (1860m)
Winner: SCAREDYMAC Christina Jeffery Boris Thornton (a3) 55kg (cd 52kg) $10.00
Race 7 – We thank Jon Howell for 60 years at the ASTC 0-58 Handicap (1860m)
Winner: BINJAI Paul Krelle Jason Benbow 58kg $6.00
Photos courtesy of Avoca Shire Turf Club and taken by Kate Deppeler.
Photo courtesy of Morgz Sports Photography