Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Rain Holds Off for Cooma Cup

Cooma Monaro Express 7/12/10
Rain holds off for Cooma Cup

07 Dec, 2010 09:47 AM
It was blowing a gale when these stylish young women took out the main Fashion on the Field category.

Locals Hayley Redhead, left, and Leah Robinson, right, flank overall winner Alice Reardon of Cathcart. The contest was held prior to the Cooma Cup on Saturday afternoon.

On the track, Jymcarew steamed over the finish line at Ti Tree Racecourse on Saturday to take out the 2010 Cooma Cup. The Goulburn trained horse finished lengths ahead race favourite Strike Me Happy, who won the Snowgoose Hotel Motel Adaminaby Cup at the Adaminaby races two weeks ago. Jymcarew was an outside chance in the 1,600 metre race day feature with odds at 15 to one. The nine year old horse was also a strong contender to take out the cup with a history of competing in group one races in Sydney.

Canberra trained horse Four My Girls won the other feature event- the 1,400 metre Sundowner Maiden.
Cooma trained horses Mia Famiglia and Clang Went Bang came first and second respectively in race one on the day and Smoky Bay who is also trained in Cooma placed first in race six.

Cooma Monaro Racing Club president Mick Schofield said the day was a huge success with more than 3,000 people through the gates to place a bet and socialise trackside. “It was a fantastic day and enjoyed by everyone who attended,” he said. There were concerns leading up to this year’s Cup that it would be washed out. More than 60 millimetres of rain fell in Cooma in the week leading up to race day. However, blue sky greeted punters on Saturday and despite dark clouds looming in the distance in the afternoon the rain held off.“It all went very well considering the rain we had during the week,” Mr Schofield said. He said the heavy track held up well throughout the day to make for an enjoyable race day.