A great day out at the annual Bingara Races

March 9, 2009

An afternoon of excellent racing, fashions and fun commenced with the National Anthem sung by Fiona Ozols.

The highlight of the racing was an excellent front running display by Glenbarra Boy to win the Booroomooka Angus Stud HR and HG Munro Memorial Bingara Cup. Tingha Horse Art Major trained by astute horse lady Ms. S.J. Gaffaney ran second, and the highly fancied Bambu from Garah hit the line strongly for third.

Glenbarra Boy was tactically well ridden by lady apprentice Lee Menser and trained by veteran Trainer Merv Corliss from Tamworth. Glenbarra Boy is owned by a group of owners including cattle farmer Neil Latimer who used to race one of the best horses to race in the north west Akwazoff.

Other race day winners included Ben’s Will from Barraba, Kopataroa from Tamworth, Mr Rochester from Toowoomba and Zandaby from Bendemeer. Zandaby was bred by Doug Withers, the senior vice president and Clerk of the Course. Budding racecaller Anthony Manton travelled from Sydney to call his first ever race meeting and did a very good job.

Due to the excellent crowd in the magnificent grandstand he had to move his calling position to the photo finish stand. He stated : "The Bingara Race day was a real buzz –and I enjoyed the hospitality and opportunity provided by The Bingara Jockey Club".

President Sinclair Munro described the day as "one of the best meetings Bingara has had with great local support and racegoers on track from as far as England, France, Israel, New Zealand, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane".

"Race Meetings at Bingara are built on voluntary hard working local people and good local business sponsorship," he said. "Organisations such as The Lions Club, SES and Westpac Helicopter Support Group provide vital services to the race day." Sponsors on the Race Day included the race sponsors : Bingara Pharmacy, Campbells BP Fuel Supplies, McGregors Agricultural Services, H Roy Miller Stock and Station Agents and Booroomooka Angus Stud.

Other sponsors for the racing day included Arlington Gasweld, Pipersleigh Hereford Stud, The Regent Café, Wonga Santa Stud, Wyatt Artificial Breeders, Thornleigh Hereford Stud, Imperial Hotel motel, Ilala Horse Stud, Fays IGA , Bingara Bakehouse, Bingara Vet Clinic.

Sponsors for The spectacular Fashions On The Field included Boutique Capri, La Vogue Hair Salon, Leia Fashions, Sportsmans Hotel, Bingara Post Office, Bingara Pharmacy, Bingara Newsagency.

The Inaugral Team Challenge was sponsored by Bingara RSL Club. The Bingara Jockey Club Committee Members said Bilsboroughs Bus Service provided an excellent Bus Service to transport racegoers Due to race rescheduling in Sydney on Thursday due to hot weather and previous commitments to time slots to Bingara, the slight hiccup was that the last three races in Sydney were held after the regulated License shutdown time.

Fashions in the field "outstanding"
Fashions in the Field at last Saturday’s Bingara Races were, according to the judge, Karen Allan of Leia Fashions, Inverell, outstanding. She made the comment that Bingara always stands out in the fashion stakes.

From an extensive field, totalling 55 who were presented with flowers to signify they had been chosen as finalists, Ms Allen chose the following: Lady of the Day, Mel Bowman, Barraba Local Racing Lady, Kim Brissett, Tamworth Runner-up, Lenore Kennedy, Bingara Miss Racing, Regina Michell, Bingara Runner-up, Kate Green, Bingara Best Hat, Sonia Coombes, Bingara Mr Trendy/Sir Dapper, James Rees, Mosman Junior Racegoer, Anna-Lee Bridges, Barraba After the last race a footrace relay was run.

The race involved five teams of six runners. Each had to carry a tray of four cups of water, and the winning team was the team with the most water left within a time frame of four minutes.

The judges had difficulty keeping the teams behind their starting lines and most rrays were full of water with little left in the cups.

A local team calling themselves "The Rusty Nails" was successful. The team consisted of Ben Mack, Brooke Marshall, Fiona Craddock,

Hayden Mack, Allie Wright and Jacob Black. The winning team receives a meal at the RSL for six couples.

The committee is appreciative of all sponsorship and help that was given in the preparation and the running of the day, and to all the patrons who attended and made the day as successful as it was.