JUMPS racing made a successful return to Terang last Friday, with two hurdles proving popular with punters.
A decent crowd turned out to watch the first two races on the program, as Hale Soriano, trained by Darren Weir, narrowly won the first jumps race at Terang in over a decade.
The Terang and District Racing Club honoured one of their life members, Laurie Kenna, with naming rights to the second jumping event, which was taken out by Eric Musgrove’s Tangara.
Club president Wayne Johnstone said the day could not have unfolded any better and was pleased with the day’s racing.
“It was a really successful day,” he said.
“We received great feedback from all participants including the Australian Jumps Racing Association, stewards and the jockeys.
“Overall, it was a strong card, there were a couple of locals that won races (trainers and owners), which was good, but it was competitive racing across the day.”
Johnstone said it was also great to have the support of the Kenna family on course to honour Laurie.
“The whole Kenna family turned out (which was great) and they were thrilled with how it went,” Johnstone said.
Gavin Kenna, a former Terang local and strong supporter of jumps racing, took on naming rights to the other hurdle through his employer, Decron.
Following the two jumps races, members of the Kenna family and invited guests gathered in the committee room for a presentation on the history of jumps racing at the club.
Those in the room learnt about the best jumps horses, jockeys and trainers to race at Terang, and about previous jumps meetings at the track all courtesy of vice president Shane Scally’s research.
Johnstone said Scally’s presentation was fantastic and described him as a “historian” who is “passionate about jumps racing”.
He also said an interview on racing.com by Scally about Terang’s jumps history was seen by a connection of Sparkling Mosielle, one of the best jumps horses at Terang.
The connection has since made contact with the club to discuss the possibility of memorabilia being displayed at the club.
In the day’s other races, Camperdown trainer Geoff Daffy made it consecutive wins with his six year-old mare taking out a benchmark 64 handicap over 2150 metres.
Ridden by Jarrod Fry, Rondalago led from start to finish winning by two lengths for connections that included Scally and a number of Terang locals.
Fry was in great touch throughout the day, booting home two other winners to finish with a treble.
He took out race six with Luke Oliver’s It’s Pa over 1400 metres and race seven with Andrew Sawden’s Big Buddie over 1200 metres.
Scally’s day as an owner also finished on a positive note, with another of his horses, Captain Crackerjak, bolting in over 1000 metres in the last race of the day for Dan O’Sullivan.
John Allen and Weir made it a double when Allspice finished almost fourth lengths clear in race four, while Dewrinkler bolted home for Jason Warren, winning race three by six lengths.
John Barry had a mixed day on track, with Solitary Choice finishing second in race three, while Peg Leg Ben (sixth), Playalone (ninth), Sir Chatalot (ninth) and Cherax (10th) all finished outside the minor placings.
The next meeting at Terang will be the club’s Cup Day on April 15.