LOCAL trainer Shea Eden had success at the Stony Creek Races on Tuesday when Our Delinquent had its first win in Race 4.
Ridden by Jake Bayliss, the 3YO led from start to finish to win by 3 ¾ lengths – its first win from three starts.
Eden said Our Delinquent looks like a promising stayer.
“He had to work so hard early to take up position and had to work hard at both ends, which is a big effort for a young horse,” he said.
“Stony Creek’s a tough track to win at being an uphill track. Years ago the older trainers would say if a horse could win a Stony Creek, they could quite often go to town and win a race at Sandown. It’s not an easy track to win.
“We’re not sure where it’s next start’s going to be but it looks like a horse that will get around a track like Mooney Valley over 2000m hopefully.”
Eden also had another runner, To Infinity, at Stony Creek which came from last to storm home and finish fourth in Race 8.
The action at Stony Creek on Tuesday wasn’t just reserved for the track, with hotel staff from across South Gippsland enjoying Publicans’ Day.
Stony Creek Racing Club CEO Sarah Wolf said the Publicans’ Day was a hit with guests.
“It was a great day with 682 people attending; for that type of meeting it was a fantastic showing,” she said.
“About 64 of our members turned up and with all the pubs, we ended up with 132 people in the publicans’ area.
“We also had quite a lot of retirement villages come down and do a daytrip – the Waverley Country Club brought 32 people with them, travelling all the way from Rowville.
“Typically we’re a holiday race meeting venue, so if we have one outside of holidays and make it a successful day it’s great. We really appreciate the support from the local community and other groups.”
A punters’ club between the various pubs took place throughout the day, with the Toora Hotel taking home bragging rights and the inaugural trophy.
Proceeds of the punters club were donated to the Foster SES, with $664 handed over at the end of the day.
The Stony Creek Racing Club is now looking forward to the Stony Creek Cup Day on Sunday, March 13 – Labour Day Weekend.
The popular Fashions On The Field is set to be a highlight of the Cup Day.
Eden tastes success at Stony