Monday, November 29, 2010

Cooma Monaro Race Club wins Country Racing NSW Outstanding Achievement Award

At the annual Racing NSW Country Awards for Excellence dinner held recently at Royal Randwick Racecourse in the Shannon Room the individuals and clubs who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to improve and develop NSW Country Racing, were worthily acknowledged. Cooma Monaro Race Club was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for 2010. This award represented the most outstanding achievement by any country nsw racing club during the 2009/10 racing season.The Club won the award for the efforts it had undertaken to build a sheltered bookmakers ring and work on underground water and power connections.Club president Mick Schofield said the award was a credit to the community and its efforts in helping the club achieve great things. I would like to thank the community for their support and working with us.“The award we received is a reflection on the club, committee and community,” Mr Schofield said.“It makes it all worthwhile to be recognised.”

Other finalists were the Clarence River Jockey Club, Coffs Harbour Racing Club, and Mudgee Race Club. This award follows the Cooma Monaro Race club being awarded best Community Race Club award in 2004 and 2008 as well as a finalist in 2003, 2005 and 2007.

Perfect Conditions for Race Day

Cooma Monaro Express 23/11/10

THE Cooma Cup on December 4 is the next target for Strike Me Happy who took out the $12,000 Adaminaby Cup on Saturday.

In front of a big crowd and in warm conditions, the Rado Boljun Canberra trained horse took out the Snowgoose Hotel Motel Adaminaby sponsored 1400 metre handicap by a long head margin over Gelderbelle with Mr Massee a further 2 ½ lengths behind in third.

Starting as favourite in the nine horse field, Strike Me Happy was slowly away and settled towards the tail of the field, a change to his customary racing style wherein he travels in a forward position.

Notwithstanding, ridden a patient and well judged race by experienced jockey Roly Saxton, the seven-year-old strode towards the lead on straightening only to be challenged by the ever consistent Gelderbelle who had travelled well and was full of running.

With Saxton and Gelderbelle’s jockey, Kayla McEwen, urging on their mounts, the favourite proved too strong to win by a slim margin.

Boljun generally has a good country cups horse in his stable and seems to have Strike Me Happy ready for another shot at the Cooma Cup, (December 4) a race in which he came second to Lorenzo in 2007. He went on to win the Bombala Cup in 2008. For his part, Gelderbelle had his third consecutive second placing yesterday and will also line up at Cooma for South Coast trainer Benny Wynen.

Jondarborg, trained at Moruya by John Marzol took out race 1, the “Meekatharra” Maiden Plate over 1000 metres from Wagga Wagga visitor Show Genes with Getevenwithsteven in third position. Local hope, Call Me Combo finished fifth and will appreciate the extra distance of the Cooma Sundowner’s Cup in a fortnight.

Necessary Evil made the trip from Wagga Wagga worthwhile for his owners when the three year old Lonhro gelding won Race 2, the Crestbar Pty Ltd Class 1 Hcp over 1100 metres. Ridden by Mark Webber, Necessary Evil scored by a ¾ length margin from Shrewd Kez and Sundale both trained at Queanbeyan.

After being unplaced last start at the Bong Bong Picnics, Amerrybridge, ridden by apprentice Natasha Winton for Harden trainer Mike Harley won by a long neck margin from the horse aptly named Longneck to win the Snowy Hydro Benchmark 45 Hcp over 1300 metres.

Having made the long journey from Bairnsdale with trainer Bob Triplow, Reddy for Kerry finished 1 ¼ back in third position. Race 4 was the Capital Landscape Group Maiden Hcp over 1400 metres and again a full field of ten filled the barriers.

In a keenly contested event, the Moruya, Kristie George trained, Morethan Leicya appreciated the drop in class from the provincial Kembla Grange circuit to win by 1 ½ lengths from Alphabet and How Discreet back a further 1 ¼ lengths in third. Ridden by Laura Wray, Morethan Leicya, who raced greenly in the straight should remain competitive on the strength of that win.

The Snowy River Shire Council Benchmark 45 Hcp of 1700 metres was the final event on the card and again proved a great spectacle for the sunbathed crowd. As the field rounded the home turn, under the strong riding of Richard Bensley,

In the Rye was driven to the lead, this tactic proving the winning one as, although finishing strongly, Gotashotaway, ridden by Tim Phillips, could not quite make up the difference to finish second. Shaara held the third placing. In the Rye is trained in Canberra by Nick Olive whilst the second place-getter made the trek from Wagga Wagga with trainer Brad Witt.

The small but dedicated committee can again be proud of it’s “Gold Rush Fever” raceday which was again supported by generous sponsorship.