Tradies on the trot

Day out: from left, Stony Creek’s Jacob Cecil, Meeniyan’s Matt Darmanin and Rory Harrington enjoyed the track’s first ever Tradies’ Day.

GLORIOUS weather graced the first ever Tradies’ day race meet at Stony Creek Racing Club on Friday with a turnout of 544 people.
Sarah Wolf, CEO of Stony Creek Racing Club, said the idea behind the theme was to draw more people to the track.
“Our community is South Gippsland. So by having a Tradies’ Day, we hope to, in years to come, tap into a lot of the trades in South Gippsland and give them a day to make their own.”
The popular ticket promotion saw racegoers receive race admission, race book, Stony Creek Racing Club stubby holder and complimentary beer, wine of soft drink for only $15.
“This race meeting is more of a day where you take the breaks off for a bit…it’s meant to be one of those cruisy type race days.”
Miranda Cox’s trained mare, Rebecca, crossed the line to take the win of race one, sponsored by Aherns Fruit Market in Foster.
Race seven, sponsored by McRae Engineering in Meeniyan, saw jockey David Brideoake on gelding Fullforward finish strong in first place.
With December and January typically attracting substantial crowds of 1500-2500 people per race meet, the club aims to encourage more people to attend, especially on days like Friday.
“This is a turn over day, so typically we don’t have a big crowd. It can be as low as 100 people,” Ms Wolf said.
“544 people today is a fantastic result for a Friday meeting outside of the holidays. The day reflected what we are really about which is providing a great day out in a relaxed environment.”
The next race to look forward to at the charming country racecourse is the Publicans Day on the Wednesday, February 13.
“What sets us apart from all our counterparts is we like to have a theme for our race days,” Ms Wolf said.
“Most of the pubs from South Gippsland come along [for Publicans Day]. We have pub tables and for $25, we put on finger food, admission, race book and we run a punters competition where they have a certain amount to bet on each race.”
“The pub that has made the most money at the end of the day gets the trophy and the bragging rights. All the money we raise actually goes to a chosen charity.”
Another day to set aside in your calendars is March 10, the Ladbrokes Stony Creek Cup, Stony Creek’s feature event of the year. The day includes free children’s activities including face painting and Chris Humfrey’s ‘Wild Action Zoo’, Fashion on the Field, live music and of course, extraordinary racing.
Tickets are expected to sell quickly and early booking are recommended.
Tickets are available online at srcr.com.au or phone 5664 0099.

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