Hayes dominates

October 05, 2017

Race three on Friday ended in a neck-and-neck finish, with number four, Valac and jockey CJ Parish pipping number 10 Circomo on the line.

Benalla’s bet365 Gold Cup went off without a hitch on Friday, drawing in thousands to the Racecourse.

More than 3000 people, young and old, suited up and joined in the festivities on the day.

The bet365 Gold Cup was taken home by Lord Fandango, who completed the 2046m course in a swift 2min 4secs, half a length ahead of second-placed Moonovermanhattan and Electric Fusion in third.

David Hayes, who calls Benalla Racecourse his home track, had four winning horses, dominating the 10-race card.

Hayes’ day started well when in race one Prepare to Win took out the win by two and a half lengths in front of Smart Stiletto.

The stable’s day improved when Valac and jockey CJ Parish won a neck-and-neck finish over Circomo in the third race.

Hayes’ Red Is The Rose took race six by a length and three quarters over second-placed Dyrham Park.

And their day was topped off by a one-length win in race nine, this time by Wall Street Wolf, again with jockey Parish.

Benalla Racing Club chief executive officer Cameron Symes said the day as a whole went off without any problems.

‘‘Yeah we were stoked, with the fantastic weather it made our life easier and with a tick over 3000 people through the gates, everyone had a good time — it was a great day,’’ Symes said.

‘‘Everyone had a good time soaking up the sun and having a few drinks, but there really were no dramas from the patrons.

‘‘Bookings were a bit slower than usual, but when we woke up on the day and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, it made for a great day’s racing.’’

Mr Symes said there were many winners on the day, on the field and off it.

‘‘No matter whether you were a big winner or just putting a little bit of money on, people came from everywhere to join in.

‘‘We got a couple of stilt walkers in for the day, which was a personal highlight for me.

‘‘They were wandering around with the crowd and chatting to people all day, which was pretty awesome.

‘‘Then there was the Benalla Travel fashion on the field, where we had 40 women enter the best dressed lady for the day.

‘‘We had to have four sets of sections just to get everyone through and judged. And it was great to have so many neat prizes from local sponsors, too.’’

The winner of the best dressed ladies was Amelia Skilbeck, who won a return trip to New Zealand, flying on Emirates, courtesy of Benalla Travel.

Symes said there was an added bonus having current AFL player Jarrad Waite, and former player Scott Cummings in the Ryan and McNulty VIP tent.

‘‘To have local sponsors as well as sponsors from Melbourne was great,’’ he said.

‘‘Our sponsors were all very happy with the day and down at the VIP tent, having that hosted by Scott Cummings, some of those guys tripled their money, so everyone down there was very happy.’’

Symes said the racing club’s new extended decking had 250 people watching the races from it on the day, with reports that everyone still had enough room to move.

‘‘Hopefully everyone backed a winner on the day, while the night was finished off with (Shepparton band) Entourage, which played till 7pm,’’ he said.

Race results

Race 1:

1st: 15. Prepare to Win

2nd: 17. Smart Stiletto

3rd: 14. Weapon

Race 2:

1st: 11. Remember the Name

2nd: 14. Sheezdashing

3rd: 12. Second Marriage

Race 3:

1st: 4. Valac

2nd: 10. Circomo

3rd: 13. Berkshire Lady

Race 4:

1st: 12. Villermont

2nd: 4. Tristano

3rd: 9. Bemboka

Race 5:

1st: 5. Malmas

2nd: 11. Greycliffe

3rd: 9. Get Ya Kicks

Race 6:

1st: 11. Red is the Rose

2nd: 10. Dyrham Park

3rd: 5. New Graduate

Race 7:

1st: 10. Crafty Devil

2nd: 5. Dry Biscuit

3rd: 11. Harason

Race 8:

1st: 11. Lord Fandango

2nd: 6. Moonovermanhattan

3rd: 10. Electric Fusion

Race 9:

1st: 6. Wall Street Wolf

2nd: 9. Barthelona

3rd: 12. Smokin’ Bella

Race 10:

1st: 15. Concentrate

2nd: 11. Max Master

3rd: 9. Costa Plenty

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