Maryanne, and I headed off for the Anzac Day meeting at Avoca. A small card of 6 races, in the picturesque little town between Ballarat, and Maryborough, makes for a pleasant outing .
We stopped for a marvellous brunch, at Saffs in Castlmemaine, the place introduced to us by our good friend AB. She knows how to pick a good little eatery, our AB.
We arrived on track 10 minutes prior to the first. The favourite, Wreckathehesperus , trained at Seymour by Paul Maher, ridden by Lincoln Coffey, saluted. Maher had a decent day on track, following this winner , with a placing in the fourth. Lincoln Coffey was unlucky not to add to the winers list, as he had two more favourites on the card for the day. In the third he had Fill the Fridge, which was blocked, buffeted, but from last on the turn flew home for a fast finishing fourth. (Fill the Fridge had won its previous start @ Avoca; I took it both times). He also had the Paul Maher trained Dashalot in the following race, leading until the last half a furlong, then tiring to finish second.
Eddie Cassar took the riding honours for the day with a treble in the last three races. Well done.
On a slightly different note, let’s mention the ‘Sheryl Anderson Paint the Pyrenees Pink’ memorial race, Race five, which was prominent in drawing attention to, and raising awareness of breast cancer. In a week which saw the passing of Aussie rock icon, Chrissie Amphlett, to this disease , it was topical to see, and support the campaign which has the worthy goal of zero deaths from this horrible disease by 2030. Keep up the good work.
Maryanne and I headed back from a good day on track. We both had some nice collects, so any day on track when you make money, makes a day at the Country Races even more pleasant.
Avoca race course, always a nice track to visit, nestled in the foothills of the Pyrennees, is a a place we highly recommend. Next time we return is Cup Day, coinciding with Caulfield Cup Day, October 19.