With the first horse race of the year right around the corner, Bordertown Racing Club treasurer Sonya Lodewyk has reflected on the recent 2018 Doan Pharmacies Bordertown Cup.
“The cup day event was the first race the club had held since January 2018 – this was due to track maintenance,” Sonya told the Chronicle.
“There was some initial concern since we had over 50 mils of rain the week prior to the race, but everything turned out really well in the end. We had a great 27 degree day and over 1100 people showed up for the event!”
The event which was held at the Bordertown Racing Club attracted a combination of locals, out-of-towners and even some from across the border.
“We had busses coming from all over the place,” Sonya said.
“Many locals who now live out of town came down for the event, so it was a great reunion for many people.”
Sonya told the Chronicle it was great to see Bordertown local trainers Chloe Scown, Darryl Dodson and Sam Turner placing highly at the event.
“Chloe and Darryl got a first and second and Sam took out a third place!”
The Bordertown Cup Day event consisted of eight horse races, with the major ‘Doan Pharmacies Bordertown Cup’ race offering $20,000 of prize money to winners.
Located halfway between Naracoorte and Frances, South-East trainer Sue Jaensch and horse Costa Lante, took out first place for the major race and went home with a hefty $13,800 prize purse.
“My husband and myself, along with our cousins, are part owners of the horse and we thought we had a pretty good chance of winning,” Sue told the Chronicle.
“Our jockey Jarrod has been riding for us quite a bit as of late and he’s been doing a really good job. He’s based at Ballarat and the South-East is quite lucky to have him come along to ride horses.”
Sue said the nature of horse racing had gone through multiple changes since she began training in 1990.
“Horse racing has become a lot more professional and it’s a lot harder to win races. You have to be on top of your game all of the time,” she said.
“I congratulate the Bordertown Racing Club for putting on the day and look forward to seeing what they continue.”
The Bordertown Racing Club would like to invite all members of the community to attend the first twilight horse race of 2019. The race will take place on Wednesday January 9. Gates will open at 11.30am with lunch catered by Finn’s Fine Foods and a fully stocked bar available.
“The first race will take place approximately at 2pm at the Bordertown Racing Club,” Sonya said.
“We’ve got good nomination numbers and hope to see lots of people there.”