Tocumwal Race Club might technically be in NSW, but don’t that to tell the Victorian trainers who dominated at the club’s annual meeting on Saturday.
Of the six races on offer, all six were won by Southern trainers, and club secretary Brent Bonat, said Tocumwal wouldn’t have a meeting without their Victorian visitors.
“If we didn’t have the Victorian trainers and tourists, we wouldn’t have a race meeting,” Bonat said.
“They make the meeting.”
The track itself is located just some three kilometres from the border, even racing the Victorian way of going, and Bonat explained that Tocumwal well and truly celebrated their 150th running of the Tocumwal Gold Cup.
“It was good, we didn’t run last year, and it was our 150th running this year,” Bonat said.
“It was close to a record crowd and there was ripping races and the bookmakers held a fair bit of coin.”
The feature event on the day was the Tocumwal Gold Cup over the 1300m and it was won by the Jamie Gibbons ridden and James Fraser trained Ghost Doctor, who held off Bezzalled in second and Reine Happy in third.
Gibbons would go on to ride a double on the day, booting home Beaver Diva in the 1300m Maiden Plate for Linc Sullivan, beating home Unanchored and Bromelia.
In other races on the card, Fiery Dancer won the 1100m Maiden Plate for Ben Brisbourne and Jake Duffy, finishing ahead of NSW runners Defiant Reward and Hi Poppy.
Andrew Dale and Nathan Punch combined in the 1100m Class Two Handicap with Tabloid Star, beating Sebago and Zofferella.
Erin Maher trained the winner of the 1300m Benchmark 45 Handicap, with Recidivist getting home with apprentice hoop, Hannah Williams, in the saddle – the pair held out Zarsupreme and Double Six, who filled out the minor placings.
In the final event of the day, Lord of the Turf won the 1600m Benchmark 58 Handicap for Kane Harris and Jack Martin, the galloper proving too good for Beauweekvil and Tough James.