With the assistance of students and parents of Gouburn High School, harness fans were treated to an array of musical and singing talent. Children enjoyed carnival attractions such as the jumping castle, face painting, the free alpaca petting zoo and the fun food on offer.
Secretary Mark Croatto said, “The weather wasn’t kind but we still have a wonderful crowd in attendance and some exciting racing, I’m very happy with the way the day turned out”.
In a change from normal practice, the club teamed up with business studies students of Goulburn High School to enable students to apply what they had studied to a very practical situation. “They have done an outstanding job, in particular Year 11 student Mitchell Webster and Arj Stoevellar who is on the teaching staff of the school” said Croatto. The club is hopeful of continuing the partnership next year when much more time will be available to prepare for the day.
On the racing scene the day commenced in style when the Lauren Panella trained Salty Robyn created a new 2 year old track record for the 1710m distance. Salty Robyn led throughout scoring easily from the Daniel Rowell stablemates Roarn and Boobalaga Road. The mile rate was a smart 1:57.0, half a second faster than Lettucereason’s prior time.
In a standout performance by the lady drivers, Lauren Panella recorded a treble of wins with Miss Riviera Belle and the Cup winner Easy On The Eye adding to the earlier 2 year old win. Local lass Amy Day scored a training and driving double with the mares Audrey Maree and Ponderena, whilst Amanda Turnbull found the line first with Last Man Out. In all the ladies took out 6 of the 8 races on offer.
For the local brigade, the win by Im Jay Tee, trained and driven by Brad Hewitt was a standout. Perfectly driven, Im Jay Tee scored by the narrowest of margins when successful in the $18,000 Goulburn Soldiers Club Goulburn Rose.
The feature race of the afternoon was the Frank & Edna Day Goulburn Cup. With $30,600 in prize up for offer, Lauren Panella quickly had Easy On The Eye take up the running and it was then simply a question of how far! Kicking clear on turning for home Easy On The Eye held off a brave Heza Thrill and Monifieth.
The Goulburn Club extends its gratitude to their sponsors, in particular Goulburn Soldiers Club, Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Glenferrie Farm, Divalls Earthmoving & Bulk Haulage, ARW Multigroup and Goulburn First National.