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Emergency Services Spring Race Day
Beautiful weather, a good track, and a spirited group of emergency services personnel, partners and friends coupled with high spirits both on and off the field, set the scene for a fantastic day of races, at the Geelong Race course for the running of the 150th Anniversary of the Ballan Cup on Saturday 10 November.
Free buses started early in the morning, stopping to pick up approx. 200 very enthusiastic and well-dressed men and women from utes left at their front gates, from the sides of roads, or at rural fire stations to make the journey to the race course. Participants came from Ballarat, Ballan, Bacchus Marsh, Geelong peninsula and surrounding towns for what has been branded a very successful day.
When they arrived at the course, they were treated to free entry, complimentary race books, drink vouchers, and a barbecue lunch comprising all the trimmings for a ‘feast fit for the sport of kings’.
Bookies were on hand to accept bets for each of the 8 races including Race No 6 – the Coveted Ballan Cup. On ground participants were also able to bet on and watch races running simultaneously at the Emirates Stakes Day in Melbourne.
Entries for Fashions on the field were strong with the 2 prize-winner’s coming from the strong CFA contingent, with our own Alfred Mason winning the Man of the Day prize with a borrowed tie to compliment his sporting attire. All were presented with prizes and applause from the enthusiastic crowd.
When 6.00pm came around many compliments and stories were being told of a day to remember as the CFA contingent loaded onto their buses for the trip home where more stories were told of how their horses fared on the day, whilst others took the opportunity to rest before they arrived home.
Organisers of the day were delighted with crowd behaviour and seeing race goers enjoy the day, many of whom had never been to a race meeting before and declared they would return again.
Special thanks to Member for Western Victoria David Koch, Minister for Racing Dr Denis Napthine, Ballan Jockey Club President Tim Carey, Ballan Jockey Club members and Country Racing Victoria.