Some of the highlights and best dressed of the 30th annual Wagga Ag Races on Saturday.
SCONE’S Greg Bennett and jockey Tommy Berry joined forces to win the prestigious The Country Championships Final at Randwick on Saturday.
A BIG crowd has converged on Skellatar Park for the $50,000 'Wild Card' Country Championships at the Muswellbrook Race Club.
Trainers and track work riders were putting their charges through their paces this morning when I visited Taree's Bushland Drive Racecourse. All was relatively quiet apart from gallopers completing their morning work. This is in stark contrast to Sunday when a crowd of more than 2000 is expected to head to the track for the big Country Championship qualifying heat to be hosted by the Taree-Wingham Club. The main race is worth $100,000 with the eight race card to carry a record $240,000. See Friday's Manning River Times for more details.
A plan that had been 12 months in the planning came to fruition when the Greg Bennett-trained Clearly Innocent (Tommy Berry) stormed down the outside to win the Hunter and North West Country Championship Qualifier (1400m) at Scone on Sunday.
JOHN Bateman showed a side as soft as Goulburn and District Racing Club's track at the Country Championships on Saturday afternoon.
GOULBURN race-goers and guests turned out in fine form on a sunny* Saturday morning to inaugurate the Country Championships regional racing tour for 2016.