On the last Sunday in February, St Patrick’s Race Club gathered for their annual St Pat’s Cup Day meeting at Yea. With a huge crowd in attendance, there was plenty to see and do including fashions on the field for the foals, fillies and mares; an aerobatic display for the adrenalin junkies; a vintage car display for the motoring enthusiasts; and music from the Yea & High Country Pipes and Drums and, of course, fan favourites The Dirty Rotten Husbands. And yes, there was also some horse racing in between!
In the feature event of the day, the Skilled St Pat’s Cup, a seven-horse field assembled in perfect conditions for the 2100m classic. Rounding the home bend, Adam Bodey looked set for another big win, taking Bel Sir to a commanding lead. But in the end, he was no match for Jo Stevens, the young apprentice booting seven-year-old gelding Pegembak to the front before clearing away for a two-and-a-quarter-length win.
It was a great day for another rising star, Reece Goodwin, who notched up a well-deserved double. Goodwin kick-started proceedings in the first with a typical Yea win, storming home along the outside rail to win by one length on five-year-old gelding Bellbrae. He completed his double in the fifth, finding the front easily on second favourite Kondoa before pulling away down the middle of the straight for a four-and-a-quarter-length victory.
Amber Comb took out the second with a hard-fought victory on Polish Rose, the win twice as sweet for Comb who also owns the six-year-old mare. Adam Bodey made sure that it wouldn’t be a clean sweep for the young guns, claiming victory in the third on five-year-old mare Classy Francesca.