The Avoca Shire Turf Club is celebrating a job well done after the success of the 2016 Blue Pyrenees Estate Avoca Cup.
Early estimates indicate an attendance figure 5250, just a slight decrease on 2015 and a fantastic result on what has been a very wet lead up to the event.
The feature race itself, the 1860m Blue Pyrenees Estate Avoca Cup, was won by Count of Limonade, ridden by Declan Bates and trained by Darren Weir, who, as luck would have it, was also celebrating 21 years since his first ever industry win, which also occurred at the Avoca Races.
Puccini and Desert Samurai filled the minor places.
Avoca Shire Turf Club President Barry Slater said the weather had been kind to the club.
“Despite all the hours that go into preparing for our cup day, we know that a nice day can make all the difference to our crowd numbers,” he said.
“We’ve been fortunate in recent years to get sunshine for the Avoca Cup, and this year, thankfully was no different.
“It was a fantastic crowd and a fantastic day’s racing, we couldn’t be happier with how it unfolded.”
The crowd enjoyed a seven-race card, including the feature cup race, along with plenty of other entertainment including live bands and free kids activities.
There were record prizes on offer as part of the day’s fashion festivities, and punters went all out.
“We awarded more than $9,000 in prizes through our various fashion competitions,” Club Manager Kate Kirkpatrick said.
“The Coco Red Hair & Beauty Fashions on the Field competition was as popular as ever and those who snapped themselves at the photowall can still enter the Lark People’s Choice Award.
Elissa Hayley from Ballarat East won the Coco Red Hair & Beauty Lady of the Day award, while Bronte Shortall from Brown Hill was the Hartwell Shoes Lady of the Day runner-up.
Other winners included Belinda Nurse for the Fashion Harlie Most Creative Outfit, Thomas Griffin for the Summerfield Winery Gent of the Day and the Mount Mitchell Estate ‘Baz’s’ Best Pork Pie Hat was won by Stephen Perryman.
Calum Clark won the Hartwell Shoes Best Gents Shoe, Dustyn Rodgers and Bronte Shortall won the Blue Pyrenees Estate Couple of the Day and finally the Ivy Jayne & Co Millinery Best Millinery award was won by Maddy Vernon.
Kate Kirkpatrick said the day’s success wouldn’t be possible without the club’s dedicated volunteers, members and loyal sponsors.
The Avoca Shire Turf Club’s next race day is the ANZAC Day Races to be held on Tuesday the 25th of April as part of the Pyrenees Unearthed festival.
The Avoca Shire Turf Club would like to thank their sponsors of the Avoca Cup including Blue Pyrenees Estate, the State Government of Victoria, Ladbrokes, Astbury Welding & Contracting, Avoca Community Bank, Broadbent Grain, Cam's Security, Gekko Systems, TAC, Coco Red Hair & Beauty, Lark, Lion Nathan, No Fuss Event Hire, Prickly Moses, HF Richardson, Elders, Viatek, Holland Road Logistics, IvyJane & Co Millinery, Luxury Traveller, Fashion Harlie, Summerfield Winery, Mount Mitchell Estate, Hartwell Shoes and Steve Holland Transport.
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