Two-day race event gathers punters

TIGHT RACES: Race 5 - The Taroom Welding Worx Des Johnson Memorial Handicap. 1. Swags, 2 Jack 'N' Me, 3. Lucasam.
TIGHT RACES: Race 5 - The Taroom Welding Worx Des Johnson Memorial Handicap. 1. Swags, 2 Jack 'N' Me, 3. Lucasam.

NOT even a washed-out race track could stop Taroom residents heading out for the Dawson Jockey Club's December race meet.

Club president Graham Rewald said the event was spread over two days - Saturday December 29 and New Year's Day.

"The races were washed out on Saturday but we held phantom races and Fashions On The Field, and then we held the races on Tuesday," Graham said.

"It was a good day on Saturday with about 800 people and then we had about 200 on Tuesday (New Year's Day)."

Fashions On The Field was also hotly contested, with Lisa Presho, from Taroom, taking out lady in classic race wear, and Natalie Tweed, from Theodore, won lady in contemporary race wear.

Ashlee Davis and Ryan Copeland were the best-dressed couple, and Hayden Hoppe was the best-dressed male.

Shaydie-Jane Campbell took out the prize for 13 to 17-year-old girl, Lizzie Bradshaw for 18 to 21-year-old girl, while John Mundell and Gracie Bunker were named best-dressed boy and girl under 12.

The Tuesday race day did not disappoint, with local owner and trainer Rodney Hay winning the first race for the day and setting a new track record. Hay had owned Conjugal Rights, ridden by former Taroom Jockey David Rewald, for just over a week when it won by 5 ¼ lengths.

"They were pretty happy with it," Graham said.

He said there was another special win for the day when Swags took out first place in the last race of the day.

"The last race was the Des Johnson Memorial and it was won by Bevan Johnson (trainer) who was Des's son."

Graham said the club was now looking forward to its next races in September.

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