STONY Creek Racing Club had it all going on last Sunday, March 10 for the running of the 2019 Ladbrokes Stony Creek with a novelty Stony Pony’s Dash, a fantastic fashions on the field event, a hive of activity around the VIP marquees and some thrilling action on the track.
The highlight of the day was the running of the $85,000 Stony Creek Cup with talented jockey Craig Robertson saving ground superbly near the head of the field on Prince Ziggy and finishing on strongly to beat off the challenges of Brigadier and Noumea.
Where the lightly weighted Prince Ziggy was $2.70 second favourite, either of Brigadier at $14 and Noumea at $7 would have been better outcomes for the bookmakers.
Son of the winning trainer Jamie Edwards, James, described the cup victory as the family’s best win in racing despite having city winners at Moonee Valley and Sandown, plus placings at Flemington.
“His best distance is 2000 metres and we thought he was well suited, with the weight, at Stony Creek today. He’s been in for 13 months so it’s a credit to the horse, and to dad as well, that he’s been able to stay so healthy right through.
“We’ll probably look for another country cup for him to have a go at but for sure, this is our best win and we’d like to thank the sponsors Ladbrokes for their support of country racing and the club too of course. It’s been a great day.”
Edwards also played tribute jockey ‘Robbo’ Robertson.
There was a minor mishap on the course after the event when one of the jockeys was thrown from his horse at the 900 metre mark but no one was injured.
Another highlight of the day was the treble ridden by Jye McNeil.
President of the Stony Creek Racing Club Michael Darmanin was delighted with the success of the day and also with the club’s fantastic season.
“We’ve been blessed with the weather here today and really, that’s been the case all season. We’ve had a great run.”
Guy Hexter, the representative of Ladbrokes, was also on hand to supervise the presentation of trophies and also the running of the fun novelty event on the track, the Stony Pony Dash, won in fine style by Korumburra’s Matt Martin.
Asked if Ladbrokes would extend its lucrative sponsorship of the cup into next year, he said it would be an outcome of negotiations with Country Racing Victoria.
“Ladbrokes is committed to supporting country racing and we’ll want to continue doing that.”
Winner of Race 1 was Number 2 Dream On Monty, jockey Brian Higgins, trainer Gavin Bedggood, $9.00/$2.60.
Winner of Race 2 was Number 6 Miss Vigilante, jockey Jake Noonan, trainer Ms B Schreuder $8.50/$3.40.
Winner of Race 3 was Number 3 Chattering, jockey Michael Poy, trainer Ms A Blackburn $6.00/$2.50.
Winner of Race 4 was Number 6 Esthetic, jockey Jye Mcneil, trainer C Maher & D Eustace $4.80/$2.25.
Winner of Race 5 was Number 3 I’m Cheeky jockey Jye Mcneil, trainer J Wood, $16.00/$4.20.
Winner of Race 6, the Danny O’Brien MP Handicap was Number 3 Mr Charisma, jockey Jye McNeil, trainer Ms A Bennett $5.00/$1.75.
Winner of Race 7 the Stony Creek Cup was Number 15 Prince Ziggy, jockey Craig Robertson, trainer Jamie Edwards, $2.70/$1.24.
Winner of Race 8 was Number 7 Cilauro, jockey Brian Higgins and trainer Chris Diplock, $4.20/$2.05.