AROUND 3500 people headed to Woolamai on Saturday for the Woolamai Cup, won convincingly by Mornington Peninsula mare Jilly Blu.
The atmosphere was incredible, the weather hot and the racing was almost secondary such was the fun had by all, but the Woolamai and District Racing Club is toasting another successful day.
“We had some good racing on the day and some exciting finishes. We were very pleased with the crowd and the weather,” secretary Bev Carmichael said.
Cheryl Rattle, the owner of the cup winner, trained by her husband John at Cranbourne, was thrilled with the race, which could be Jilly Blu’s last on the flat.
“We actually bred Jilly Blu. She ran at Balnarring last week and finished fourth in the cup and followed up well today.
“She’s actually going to be a jumper. She first ran last season in the bog at Ballarat and did well.”
She thanked jockey Grant Seccombe for a “wonderful ride” – his second Woolamai Cup win.
Cheryl is a big fan of picnic racing and thoroughly enjoyed the six-race meeting at Woolamai.
It was a hot one and there was barely any space under the elms for an extra deck chair.
The marquees were full of locals and visitors and the bookies ring was chockers.
The fashions were also impressive. Rather than a Fashions on the Field parade, ‘spotters’ wander among the punters and choose who they think have gone to the trouble of dressing up.
More than a dozen ladies and a couple of gents received flowers or a nice bottle of bubbly to enjoy for the remainder of the afternoon.
As always, they were some weird and wonderful outfits. One gent in a horse costume led a rousing rendition of the National Anthem just prior to the Cup. Everyone joined in.
“That’s picnic racing for you,” secretary Bev said.