Maryanne and I hit the ‘frog and toad’ early Saturday morning, off for our drive into the heart of Victoria’s Central Goldfields region. We arrived at Talbot, met Anne and the ‘Bagman’, then boarded the bus for the journey to Avoca. A lovely, sunny spring day greeted us, with a seven race program to enthrall us. Upon arrival we set off to the members marquee, catching up with fellow members, set for a nice way to spend a Saturday. Mary and Colin had also arrived, fresh from their drive from the Bellarine peninsula. Their first Avoca Cup awaited them.
Race One started the day with winner being Twin Eagles. The horse trained by Terry Kelly from Coghills Creek, was ridden by John Allen, in what was the first of a ‘duet’ for this pair. They claimed the riding honours for the day, with another victory on Eastern Peak in Race Three. No other jockey or trainer saluted more than once on this fine, mild spring day.
We worked our way through the first five races, building up to the running of the 2013 Avoca Cup.
Excitement gripped the track as the runners went to the barriers in preparation for the running of this years Avoca Cup. None of the previous years field, including the winner Sambora returned , as a field of nine horses set out in preparation for Race Six. Nikita Mclean rode the cup winner , the Stawell trained Get out of Town. The margin was one and a half lengths on Mister Cool, followed next by He’s a Steal, who had been the tote favourite earlier in the day. The eventual favourite Nicastro finished well back in the field.
It was intriguing seeing the two Berriman sisters riding. Both had a good book of rides for the day. We saw Jackie being on the unplaced Cup favourite Nicastro, trained by Nikita’s husband Jarrod. There was much dialogue on track re the recent trials and tribulations of the Berriman ( Mclean??? ) sisters, and Jarrod McLean. Jackie finished the day with two placings, Nikita the one winner, and what winner it was. The three rides Jackie had for Jarrod did not produce any placings.
From there to Talbot. One must recommend their farmers market, conducted on the third Sunday of the month. One of the best, if not the best, farmers markets in Victoria.
One more race meeting for Avoca in 2103, December 7. Looking forward to it. Hope to have another pleasant day on track.