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May 30-June 5, 2019 Dubbo Photo News

HARNESS RACING

Carnival of Cups a truly colourful affair By GEOFF MANN Photos by MEL POCKNALL WITH the ferris wheel turning and the big arm swinging and the cacophony of Show-goers enjoying themselves across the hallowed grounds, the annual Dubbo Red Ochre and Carnival of Cups Finals were run at the Paceway. “This has to be the most unique meeting in Australia,” Harness Racing NSW Acting CEO Peter Carney beamed. “Nowhere else combines the brilliant spectacle of horse trotting and pacing around a superb track with that cascade of colour,” he added. Dubbo’s Carnival of Cups attracted quality fields and some outstanding racing. Going into the last event, the Dubbo track was on the cusp of history. “If they keep their mile rates under two minutes, this will be

the first time the feat has been achieved in every race at a trotting meeting on this famous track,” Dubbo Harness Racing committee member Graham Phipps quipped. Red was the name on everyone’s lips. “The Little Red Jug pace, a magnificent all-the-way win by Firestorm Red, and the Red Ochre taken out by, you guessed it, Scarlet Babe made it a good night for the colour-coded punters. Add in Ned Pepper and it was a red hot night of pacing under the ribbon of light here in Dubbo,” President Len Edwards remarked. It was truly an amazing night’s entertainment against a stunning background. The quick-witted and passionate calls by Michael Dumisney added to the spectacle. “And we’ll all be back to do it again next year,” Len added with a broad smile.

Tom Pay continues generations of commitment and excellence in the sport

Amanda Turnbull (driver) combined with father Steve to pump Firestorm Red past the post and capture the prized Little Red Jug

The Shanks family have had a long history of breeding, training and driving winners. Their great horse was Quamby’s Pride. Now they sponsor the 2525m “three lapper”. Four generations of the family were on hand for the Presentation of the Quamby’s Stayers Cup. Ben and daughter, Marilyn O’Connor (nee Shanks), patriarch Jack, Robert and driver Angela Hedges with Ned Pepper’s trainer, Katie Jenner and family from Maimuru

Chris Edwards congratulates Bernie. Len Edwards

Mayor Ben Shields attended his first harness racing meetin trophy to the winner of the first

Charlevoix, trained and driven by Bernie Hewitt (trainer/driver) was a clear winner of the Furneys Horseland Pace

The staff at Gallagher Australia had a great evening at the Arthur J Gallagher Graham and Judi Phipps made it a Little Red Jug Final. Area Director Kylie Hull and her Gallagher team proudly Stewart and brother Noel Creenau presented the Little Red Jug to Amanda Turnbull for the second year in a harness racing fan Craig Dumisney row. It was the third successive win in the race by the Bathurst champion.

Doug Hewitt with Dubbo Show Society president Chris Edwards

Amanda Turnbull after the Little Red Jug was presented by Kylie Hull on behalf of sponsor Arthur J Gallagher

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