Locals and visitors and a track record set the scene for one of the biggest and best Bingara races on Saturday.
Glamour reigned supreme with the masses donning their finest for the family-friendly day out. It was a colourful affair too, with plenty of men, women and the younger set not shying away from a vibrant hue or pattern.
Dressed to impress: Kristen Rogers, Skye Austin and Danika Fields and Casey South making the most of a day out at the Bingara Races.
Bingara Jockey Club president Sinclair Munro was thrilled with the well-supported event. “It was a very successful race day, with close to 1000 people attending,” Mr Munro said. It would have been one of the biggest if not the biggest over the last 20 years and it was great to see so many people there.
We also had a good range of horses with race winners from Roma, Muswellbrook, Inverell and Barraba.
The fashions were wonderful and the catering was exceptionally well provided by the Bingara Westpac Helicopter Support group. We were very pleased. It was a great day out.”
The Annual Bingara Races commenced with Adam Marshall the Member for Northern Tablelands, presenting Bingara Patron Badges to Anne Legg, Doug Withers, Ken Holden and Hugh Munro. Tahlia Stephens then performed the National Anthem.
The Bingara Races have been held since 1953. This year the meet consisted of five races. The Bingara Cup was taken out by Ransom Moment of Muswellbrook, ridden by apprentice Adam Sewell. This was Sewell’s first career win. He did it in style too, setting a race track record time of 75.55 seconds. He originally worked for Gai Waterhouse in Randwick and recently transferred to Tamworth.
“That was a special moment for him,” Mr Munro said. “It was also very good to see Impalla win the last race.”
Impalla was trained by Debbie Wilson of Barraba and ridden by jockey Sue Bigg, formally of Bingara.