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.
The redevelopment of Shepparton Library, which will feature accessible shelving, a teen-specific area, a Skype booth and internet-enabled work stations, will be completed in the next two months.
The Ovens & Murray qualifying final between Yarrawonga and Lavington on Saturday left spectators talking more about the standard of umpiring than the two competing teams.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
The Kiss Angels, 50 Shades of Hope team have come up with a creative way of fundraising for the Relay for Life, a purple potty.
District hotels and businesses may change rosters with penalty rates for casual employees on Sundays set to be cut.
Students visit local businesses for reading lessons
Bottle thrown at Jason Cole in bitter aftermath to Seymour-Benalla game on Saturday.
A truck driver is lucky to be alive after crashing into a Jerilderie home yesterday morning.
Chef and co-owner of Heathcote’s Willow Room Brent Loam is thrilled with the listing in the 2015 Age Good Food Guide
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
A sophisticated hydroponic cannabis system was discovered by police at the Victoria Hotel last week.
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