Off and racing

The new racing season kicks off at Sapphire Turf Club with the Eden Cup this Sunday, in what promises to be an action-packed meet.

Not only will spectators enjoy a seven-race TAB meet, but the presentation of the four 2013-14 premiership trophies will be awarded to the horse, jockey, apprentice jockey and trainer of the year.

Sapphire Coast Turf Club secretary/manager Rob Tweedie said the excitement was electric at the last meet when the winner of horse of the year very fittingly came down to the last race of the season.

“Locally trained race favourite, All Giving, looked certain to take out the premiership for horse of the year,” Mr Tweedie said.

“However, the three-year-old filly tired right near the line and outsider Four Fortyfour won by the narrowest of margins.

“It was a nail biting finish, which brought great excitement and emotion to the track and capped off what has been an exhilarating season.”

Mr Tweedie believes few racegoers would have been surprised that apprentice jockey of the year was taken out by Winona Costin. 

“Winona has had a sensational season, which included her historic five wins in one day during the Bega Cup,” Mr Tweedie said. 

“At just 19 years of age, she is extremely talented and it is no wonder that Winona is highly in demand and amongst other high profile commitments, now with Gai Waterhouse’s stable.”

Jockey of the year was won by Canberra’s leading jockey, Brendan Ward, who has also had an exceptional season riding 100 winners in NSW and the ACT.

“Brendan has been riding at Sapphire Coast Turf Club meets for many years and has the ability and experience to mix it with the best.”

Trainer of the year Donna Griesdale has had an outstanding season at Sapphire.

Her great run has continued recently with five of her last ten runners crossing the line in the number one spot.

Donna has a few nominations for Sunday’s meet, and should be on track for her presentation. 

“Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to the owners and trainers who have raced their horses at the Sapphire Coast Turf Club over the past 12 months,” Mr Tweedie said.

“We look forward to celebrating the start of the new season at the Eden Cup this Sunday.”

Following the Eden Cup, it’s a few months until the next meet on Boxing Day, so be sure to get out to the track and experience the buzz of racing this weekend; it’s sure to be a great day out.

Free buses will be running to and from the track.

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