Buchan was given some relief from recent fires and a milder temperature to conduct their Cup meeting and the crowd turned out in force to make the most of the occasion. It was an eerie atmosphere enroute to the track as backburning continued to leave a haze of smoke in the surrounding mountains.
With a day off from bookmaking duties it was a good opportunity to get to a picnic race meeting as a patron and we settled under the umbrellas in the home straight. This is one of the great attractions of picnic racing, you get to setup for the day with everything in striking range. The bookies ring, the parade ring, the food and drink vendors, this is really what you call relaxed racing. Despite some late scratchings the program held up well and there was some competitive racing.
The first race when to the David Ferguson trained and Michael Kent ridden Theme Song who led all the way to hold out the fast finishing Be My Lady. In the second race Sabato Figlia also showed the benefit of ensuring you are in the lead coming to the turn as the downhill run to the finish post can make it hard to pick up the leader. Grant Seccombe won this race for John Kilgower who recently took over this improving galloper from Narbethong who ran home well for second. There was a continuation of apprentice jockeys riding out their claims with both Michael Kent and Grant Seccombe hitting the 15 win mark and losing their claims.