The first race of the new season at Stony Creek on Saturday was an absolute thriller with four horses racing towards the line together resulting in a four-way photo and finally, a dead-heat for third. m494914
THE racing season at Stony Creek could hardly have started in more exciting fashion last Saturday with the first race featuring a thrilling four-way run to the line.
The event was ultimately won, after a photo to decide all placings, by Forever Alone with Classy Crissi second but there was nothing to decide third place between Gauteng Girl and Scintiller – a deadheat.
It got the day and the season off to a great start and with hundreds of pre-Christmas revellers at the course, Santa Claus arriving in the middle of the afternoon and Radio SEN’s ‘Off The Bench’ crew in attendance; there was plenty of colour and movement to keep everyone entertained.
And Dr Turf, Hutchy and Pickers weren’t the only celebrities attracting attention on the day with former 2013 Big Brother contestant Mikkayla Mossop also on course with a hen’s party group.
She happily posed for photos with racegoers and said she thoroughly enjoyed the day in one of the hospitality marquees.
The day was highlighted by the success of the locally trained Rokeby in the fifth race although it was bitter-sweet for Stony Creek trainer Tabitha Cunningham who welcomed home her first win in a professional race after winning the week before at Woolamai.
After only recently giving birth to a child, Tabitha was back on track with the promising Rokeby but it meant that her husband Shane had to stay outside in the car, looking after the couple’s new baby.
“It’s disappointing he couldn’t have been here to see our first professional winner, he’s in the car, which is why I’m in a bit of a hurry,” said a delighted Tabitha.
However, public scrutiny kicked in before Mrs Cunningham could make her exit and Rokeby was led away for the customary swab that all winners are required to complete.
It’s interesting to note that the Cunningham’s first success and the recent arrival of their baby had a connection with the other celebration taking place on the course last Saturday, the 100th birthday for Yarram resident and regular racegoer, Alma Westwood.
Rokeby won the race named in Mrs Westwood’s honour and the lucky lady backed the winner of her own race!