Off to Donald for their first meeting for 2o14. We’d been on track there once before, and enjoyed it, so now back for the first meeting of the new year. An eight race program.
We left Echuca heading along the Murray Valley Highway. Stopped in Kerang for some fuel. A quick Q, has there been a better horse from Kerang than Windsox ?
On track the theme for the meeting was Community Health Day. With both Maryanne and i working in Community Health, it made sense to attend a meeting with a theme like this. However we left our run a bit late, arriving at 12-50, ten minutes before the first race. We’d brought some Community Health paraphenalia to share, and hoped to meet with other, similar workers, but discovered the only Community Health related event was a naturopath speaking at 11-30, ninety minutes before the first. Oh well it was a good thought.
On track it was initially cloudy, but then the sun came out to warm us up. A day of mixed results, with favourites and roughies getting up. Former ‘Hoop’, Patrick Payne claimed the training honours with three winners. For the current ‘Hoops’, Dean Yendall took the honours, also with three winners to his credit; as well he rode two seconds and a third. A special mention to both Jordan Childs, and Jarrod Todd, who both rode two winners.
Good to see Dean’s wife, fellow ‘Hoop’, Christine Puls on track with their new born bubby. I also believe it was Christine’s birthday, so congratulations all round. In an interesting side light on our previous visit to Donald races, that day the announcement was made of Christine being pregnant, and about to have a break from riding, and the next time we ‘re on track at Donald it’s her birthday, and she and the newborn are there watching Dean get the riding honours on the day. Nice.
A big thank you for the ladies from East Wimmera Hospital auxiliary for their hospitality, and yummy food. In particular their vegetable soup is highly recommended. Cheerio also to the on track barmen Geoff, who ran the Bullocks Head Hotel for seven years, prior to having a well earned break.
Donald is a friendly little town, and one race track we can highly recommend to all allmanackers.
Well , though we’re members we won’t be on track at Yea today, 23/2, for their St Pat’s race meeting. I feel the next race meeting on our social calender will be Corowa Cup on the Labour Day weekend, then Ardlethan beckons not long after that.
Until next time,
Remember, if you’re not in it, you can’t win it !!!