The hard work of the Bingara Jockey Club’s committee in preparing for this year’s Bingara Cup, held on Saturday, certainly paid off. Racegoers were met with green lawn around the main grandstand area and under the red sails, thanks to a three-month watering program by volunteers.
Another new initiative, the luncheon marquee, was a success, with tickets for the event selling out very quickly. The events began with the singing of the National Anthem by young Bingara woman, Tash Cooper.
Organisers were pleased with the numbers through the gate. They were hoping the new date would bring cooler weather. The hot dry conditions though, did not keep people away.
The five race program attracted a total of 35 entries. The main race of the day, the MGA Insurance Group Bingara Cup was won by Present Sense, trained by Craig Martin of Tamworth, and owned by CK Martin and Mrs. SP Martin. Jockey was Grace Willoughby. It was certainly ladies’ day for the jockeys, with the majority of the winners being won by female jockeys.
Judges in the Fashions on the Field found plenty of entrants in five categories. Bingara boy, Jock Craddock, was named Young Master Racegoer, while Young Miss Race-goer, Scarlett Standerwick, won the title for two years running. Her mother, Georgia Standerwick, in a stunning red outfit with matching hat, shoes and bag, was named Ms Racing.
Sir Dapper was the title awarded to the best dressed man at the races. This award went to Lachlan Anderson of Inverell. Linda McDouall’s hat caught the eye of the judges to earn her the prize for the best headwear. Jason and Ann Lewis were awarded the prize for the best dressed couple.