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.
Three vehicles were involved in a collision on the Midland Hwy near Tatura yesterday.
Mulwala opened the encounter against Congupna in attacking form getting in first use of the ball out of the centre and driving it forward to the fast leading Troy Taylor.
Members of Murchison Book Club are hosting a literary lunch with Vivien Achia, author of Marrying Italian — When Love is Not Enough.
This year's Southern 80 ski race has reaped an estimated $36.2 million for the district economy.
Rochester and Elmore District Health Service has increased its radiology services from two to four days a week.
Tongala family hopes for transplant call for six-year-old.
Family of former Seymour man killed in a road crash in Los Angeles before Christmas set up a Melbourne University scholarship in his honour.
Tocumwal's Don Elgin is aiming to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland
Leitchville-Gunbower at home was too strong for Heathcote’s senior footballers in their first Good Friday clash.
Huge crowds turned out for Cobram Barooga's River Beaches Festival, which featured a special splash for 2000 rubber ducks.
South West Arts ArtOut will be held again in 2015 after last weekend's inaugural success.
Some of Australia’s greatest horses and just a few racetrack characters have appeared at the Benalla Racing Club’s grounds in its 150-year history.
Benalla's Kevin Harper will be honoured in the motorcade lap of honour at Melbourne Cricket Ground tomorrow for his service during the Korean War.
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