Celebrating Lucciola’s win in the Danny O’Brien Stony Creek Cup were, from left, Stony Creek Racing Club president Paul O’Sullivan, trainer David Feek (with his daughters Heather and Tammy), The Nationals’ candidate for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien, shadow racing minister Tim Bull, winning jockey Lucy Warwick and Fashions on the Field winner Michael McAlpine.
STONY Creek’s super season of racing continued on Sunday with 2400 people there to watch Lucciola win the Danny O’Brien Stony Creek Cup.
The grey was ridden beautifully by Perth-based apprentice Lucy Warwick who’s since flown home after a six week stint in Melbourne. Sunday’s win was her biggest yet.
It was also the first big win for Mornington-based trainers David and Coral Feek since they’ve branched out on their own after working with David Brideoake.
Lucciola won comfortably from Unique Assassin and Use The Lot.
The most local interest seemed to come in Race 4, the Hyland Race Colours BM64, for Uncle Keithy trained by Ricky Maund at Corinella.
Uncle Keithy’s owners include AFL stars Dale Thomas and Dane Swan as well as former local Ben Vague.
He ran third behind winner Loma Diamonds and Tailorman.
The Fashions on the Field, sponsored by Influence on Dusk, Haze Boutique and Panthers Mensland, attracted plenty of interest from entrants and the punters.
Karlie Owen from Cranbourne South was the winner of the ladies event, Michael McAlpine from Richmond won the men’s, and Sam Hodge (Warragul) and Connor Donohue (Korumburra) won the best couple prize.
Racing club CEO Terry Grace said it was a great day for the club.
“The feedback has been brilliant. We had a board member from Country Racing Victoria here with us who said it was the best meeting he’s attended at Stony Creek, and a board member from the Sale Racing Club said the same thing.
“It’s been a good year for us. Numbers have been up for each of the meetings so far.”
The attendance was 200 up on 2014’s cup day, while 2000 attended the December 27 meeting and 1500 attended the successful ladies day.
Mr Grace said The Nationals, who sponsored the main race, were also pleased with the event.
“They told us the day worked well for them which is great because we were delighted to have them on board. They also had a marquee for their staff who had a great time.”
The final race day for the season at Stony Creek will be the Community Race Day on Tuesday, April 7 (Easter Tuesday).