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Giddy Up: 2019 Boorowa Picnic Races

The sun was shining as hundreds of attendees flocked to the annual Boorowa Picnic Races on Saturday the 4th of May.

Horses, jockeys and trainers from across the district made their way to the Boorowa Showground, hoping to secure a win.

The 1700m Picnic Cup was the headline of the day, with racegoers enjoying catching up with friends and family, with a cold drink in hand, placing a bet or two.

Early in the afternoon, the Fashion on the Field competition showcased the best dressed classic lady, best dressed gentleman and best hat/millinery, tailored to the Autumn weather. The judges found it very hard to pick a winner as they talked amongst themselves for a few minutes before coming to a decision. The winner and runner-up received a bouquet of flowers as well as a Birds Nest clothing voucher. All other entrants also received a voucher for participating in Fashion on the Field. 

Boorowa Fashion on the Field 2019. Photo by Claire Bakker

The infamous Boorowa Picnic Cup race was taken out by Canberra trained ‘Southern Gamble’ ridden by Maddison Wright for trainer Doug Gorrel. Other winners from the day included:

  • Darryl Rolfe trained Red Opera in race one.
  •  Valorhesse in race two for Caitlin King.
  • Skipper Joe also ridden by Caitlin King in race three.
  • Foreverly in race five for Alan Barton
  • The final race was taken out by Wagga Wagga trainer Scott Spackman with Cryfowl.
Onlookers watching the 1200m race taken out by Foreverly. Photo by Claire Bakker

Aside from being a local sporting event, the day supports the mental health and wellbeing of the local farming community, who are in the grip of a crippling drought.

The community rally together to prepare for the event, with the Hilltops Council providing financial support and labour in order to prepare the grounds for the race day.

Local business owner and sponsor Mr Tom Corkhill, said the picnic races are socially, financially and mentally a great day for the community.

“It’s one of the few social functions on the Boorowa calendar, and our race weekend and show weekend are what really hold our small knit community together,” he said.

It is a very popular day on the Hilltops region calendar, and a great day out for the family. The Boorowa Picnic Races will be back in May 2020, so put it in your calendar so you don’t miss out!

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