RAIN in the morning and thunder clouds just before the start of the first race at Stony Creek last Sunday cleared away for a highly successful running of the Ladbrokes Stony Creek Cup.
Jockey Ben Allen, who secured a running double with wins in the second and third races on the card, with Just Hifalutin and Dungeness, declared the ‘Soft 5’ track good for racing, noting however that it was favouring the “on pace runners”.
Jockey of the eventual winner of Race Seven, the $75,000 Stony Creek Cup, Jye McNeil, may well have heard those remarks because he hugged the running rail, saving distance, all the way around the 2100 metre circuit, only coming out in the straight to claim the lucrative prize in fine style from the fast-finishing favourite Adirondack, with Unique Assassin in third.
While the action on the track was the feature of the day, there was plenty to keep the patrons interested as the weather heated up throughout the day.
Hospitality marquees were full to overflowing with cup day cheer, the ‘Influence On Dusk’ Fashions on the Field was well supported, band music played throughout and canny racegoers enjoyed the shade and a gentle breeze behind the bar on what was an ideal day for racing.
Thunder clouds clear for sparkling day at Stony Creek