The LW Peacock Memorial Cup was held last Saturday, and despite the grim weather the day went off without a hitch.
“It was really good,” said Michael Bailey, the Narrandera Racing Club Manager. “There was a decent crowd, all things considered. We were very happy with it. As far as we can tell the turnover is about on par with last year’s race, which was considered a success by racing NSW.”
The track held up throughout the day. Two major rain showers – one at 10am, and one at 3pm – caused the track to be evaluated during the day.
“The track went down by a point, from 4/10 to 5/10,” Mr Bailey said.
The single point difference between races four and five did change the track’s grade from ‘good’ to ‘soft’ but the overall difference was marginal.
“The rain caused a bit of drama on the track but only for the riders and horses. Everyone else was out of the wet.
“That’s the nice thing about the club, you’ve got the heating and you’re out of the elements.”
There were five full races and one with 11 horses.
“We also had a barrier trial, which is kind of a training run for less experienced horses,” Mr Bailey explained. “There were nine horses in the barrier trial, so we had 80 out of a possible 84 starters for the day.”
Now that the first race of the season is out of the way, the Racing Club is gearing up for the Narrandera Cup on July 22.
“It was a very good start to the season, and now we’re full throttle for the cup,” Mr Bailey said.
This year the races have seen some massive changes, with increased prize money and the races converted back to a 1600 metre race from 1400m. The increased prize money will have the effect of drawing in trainers from a broader area, and Mr Bailey in the past expressed the hope that the timing, money and newly obtained TAB status of the Narrandera races would attract trainers from further afield in NSW and Victoria.
So far it would appear to be working, with trainers travelling to the LW Peacock Memorial Cup from the ACT, southern NSW and Victoria.
LW Peacock Memorial Cup Race results
- Coveian – ridden by Courtney Gillman, trained by Logan McGill
- None So Bright – ridden by Michael Heagney, trained by Neil Osborne
- Working Together – ridden by Josh Richards, trained by Peter Clancy
- Al Artois – ridden by Courtney Gillman, trained by Wayne Marsden
- Masterbiggens – ridden by Michael Travers, trained by Peter Smith
- Selinora – ridden by Michael Heagney, trained by Gino D’Altorio
- Receipt – ridden by Kayla Nisbet, trained by Matthew Dale
- Barcoo Bill – ridden by Michael Heagney, trained by Gino D’Altorio
- Rising Force – ridden by Michael Travers, trained by Trevor Sutherland
- It’s Business Time – ridden by Josh Richards, trained by Allan McRae
- Casino Star – ridden by Bryan Murphy, trained by Kevin Hanley
- Find My Tail – ridden by Megan Taylor, trained by Kerry Weir
- Landmine – ridden by Kayla Nisbet, trained by Chris Heywood
- Why Me Lord – ridden by Bradley Vale, trained by Ron Steiner
- Cobra Kai – ridden by Simon Miller, trained by Kevin Hanley
- Biding Time – ridden by Simon Miller, trained by Andrew Dale
- Fraternater – ridden by Michael Heagney, trained by Neil Osborne
- Smart Al – ridden by Megan Taylor, trained by John W Clark