IT COULDN’T have run closer to script – a sparkling spring day, thousands of revellers and a Griffith horse capturing the cup for the first time.
The city’s annual racing soiree has again been hailed a spectacular success, after close to 3000 people packed Dalton Park on Saturday for the Griffith Cup race meeting.
In true Griffith style, the off-track fashion stakes were just as competitive as the on-track action, with the majority of racegoers dressing up for the event.
And in a perfect punctuation mark to the day, the Gino D’Altorio-trained Sonro scored a stunning win in the Yellowtail/Visy Griffith Cup, pouncing on the leaders early in the straight to draw away for an easy victory in track record time.
Griffith Jockey Club committee member and race day manager Tony Kelly declared it the most successful Griffith Cup meeting ever.
“This is the best one yet,” Mr Kelly said.
“Everyone is rapt – the racegoers, the stewards and the jockeys and trainers.
“This has become one of the social events of the year for Griffith.”
Hundreds of guests wined and dined in the many corporate tents scattered around the course, while the Riverina Wine Show again used the meeting to hold its presentation day.
Local apprentice jockey Chynna Marston was the toast of the track early in the day, booting home the winners of the first two races.
But it was the effort of Griffith’s best horse, Sonro, in snatching the coveted cup that raised the biggest cheer.
“This is an amazing feeling, I’m so proud of him,” Sonro’s trainer Gino D’Altorio said.
Police praised the behaviour of racegoers, reporting no serious incidents on the day.