Home and away starSteve Peacocke was among 1500 race-goers at Echuca's race day on Saturday.By Zach Hubber
Warm and dry conditions greeted about 1500 people at Echuca Racing Club on Saturday for the first day of the Echuca Cup Carnival.
Ladies Day Out was the major drawcard for the afternoon, with the Millewa Spa marquee full with women enjoying the day out.
Home and Away actor Steve Peacocke was a hit in the marquee, according to ERC chief executive officer Alex Doble.
‘‘He was very accommodating and very giving with his time. Everyone had a chance for photo or a chat.’’
But racing was still the star attraction as punters and onlookers gathered on the lawn and in the stands to watch the day’s seven races.
Melbourne Cup-winning trainer David Hayes had three winners for the day with Catered, Calin Brea and Backstedt, while Echuca’s Daryl Archard managed a win in the race five sprint over 1000m with his three-year-old gelding, Erghaam.
The $20,000 feature race was won by Oh To Be Rich, trained by Benalla’s Cheryl Kyle.
Doble said there was a good community feel about the day.
‘‘There were plenty of people out and about, but in saying that, there were also plenty supporting in the corporate marquees,’’ he said.
Despite the buzz which gripped the marquee, Doble said there was plenty to like on the track as well.
‘‘It was a really good day of racing,’’ he said.
‘‘There were even fields and every horse had its chance, which was great.
‘‘Daryl (Archard) got a win which was good to see and I’m sure he’ll be continuing on with the celebrations.’’
Doble was also rapt with the club’s staff who maintained the track, saying it stood up to the challenging climate.
He conceded the heat had an impact on the crowd figures, which he said were on par with other years.
‘‘When it’s mid 30s it’s a challenge to get people away from the river,’’ he said.
‘‘But we’d rather have a 35°C day than it be raining.
‘‘You can’t control the elements.’’
A Tamleugh North farmer has described the theft of four sheep fences from his tornado-damaged property ''a low act''.
Most people at the J C Lowe Oval left on Saturday evening talking about the game but not the result. Pigeon Coach Chris Kennedy summed up the feeling adequately when he said after the game; “it was a frustrating game, but my players weren’t responsible for the frustration.”
The move to extend the Tatura War Memorial area and honour Victoria Cross hero Robert Mactier with the erection of a statue in the Hogan St gardens named in his honour, continues.
A Kyabram man who struck a cyclist on Echuca-Moama bridge with a beer can thrown from the vehicle he was in was convicted and fined $400 in Moama Local Court on Wednesday.
A Rochester mother told a health forum about the devastating effect drugs have had on her family.
Over six hours of junior football is scheduled for Kyabram Recreation Reserve this Sunday.
Ten people were injured after Two Australian Light Armoured Vehicles (ASLAV) collided during a training course at the Puckapunyal Military Training Range in on Wednesday, May 22.
The Finley Apex Sports and Community Centre has secured a $500,000 grant from Regional Development Australia.
A purpose-built bike, equipped with amateur radio, will be on the O'Keefe Rail Trail tomorrow.
Cobram residents John Anderson and Ian Cobb will race down memory lane this weekend when they compete in the annual Historic Winton.
Deniliquin Fire and Rescue's open day has been hailed a success by captain Bill Muirhead.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is investigating incidents of abortion or still-births under the Lamb and Kid Mortality Surveillance Project.(LKSMP).
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