It was an eerie feeling at the Tatura races on Friday. With a very small crowd and not a marquee in sight, it was a total contrast to the previous meeting, the Italian Plate Day.BOB NICOL February 12, 2014 4:45am
Kodie Grace brings Pegembak to the winner’s stall for delighted connections, including fat her and trainer, Timothy, after winning the 969 STAR FM Tommy and Candy BM64 Handicap over 1980m, paying $45.20 the win on SuperTab.
The bookmakers cut lonely figures in the betting ring with little or no action, although one Coleraine bookie Michael Byrne said the loss of the long odds-on favourite (Zupacharged) in the first race was a good result.
Few braved the heat despite the free entry, and those who did attend only ventured out to view the horses in the mounting yard and watch the race before going back into hibernation.
The fields held up well and racing was keen, with the favoured horses winning five of the eight races.
Local trainers fared badly on the day with not one horse making it into the placings.
In what turned out to be a family day, Kodie Grace got Pegembak home for his father Timothy in the fourth race at big odds, $45.20 on SuperTab, while Nathan Stanley saluted on Ebony Eyes ($7.60) for brother Brent in the following race.
The next Tatura meeting will be the Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club Gold Cup meeting on Easter Saturday, when a much bigger crowd is expected.
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