Euroka Cup nailbiter finish

Floral Insight won the 2013 Steve Keir Memorial Euroka Cup

CLOSE finishes and broken records were the standout features of Saturday’s afternoon of racing at Warwick Park Racecourse.

Hosted by Kempsey Race Club, the running of the Steve Keir Memorial Euroka Cup was the feature race of the six-race program.

The glory went to top weight Floral Insight, trained and owned by veteran Taree trainer Jim Delaney.

With apprentice jockey Daniel Holten on board, Floral Insight came out victor after a close photo finish with local horse Broadway Gossip.

Third place went to locally owned Note To Bee, trained at Wauchope by Colt Prosser.

Floral Insight is a seasoned campaigner and Saturday’s victory was the gelding’s 14th career win after 46 starts with 22 minor placings. The horse’s career earnings have now surpassed $200,000.

It has enjoyed success at Warwick Farm Racecourse on a couple of occasions and at various tracks around the Mid North Coast and State.

Delaney was at the track and accepted the Cup during the after-race presentation conducted by Kempsey Race Club president Jarrod Lipscombe and Steve Keir (jnr). Other members of the Keir family were track-side and helped present the cup.

The race is in honour of the late Steve Keir snr, who passed away in 2012. He left behind a strong legacy and was passionate about the local horse racing industry amongst other things.

Last year’s winner of the inaugural cup, Dinky Mink, failed in her attempt to win back-to-back titles finishing the race in ninth place.

Lipscombe said it has been a glorious day for racing on Saturday.

“It was a great day in terms of racing,” he said.

“There were a number of close finishes and a class record was broken in the first race and Floral Insight came very close to record in the last.

“The cup was a great race and it was good to see Broadway Gossip go out in a good way.”

The Kempsey track was in pristine condition and a rating of ‘Good 3’ pleased the club and trainers alike.

“The club received a lot of positive feedback from the trainers about the condition of the course,” Lipscombe said.

“The club would like to thank the Mobile Outreach Program for their continued work at the racecourse.”

Race club officials used the opportunity to offer race club membership to racegoers which sold very well.

The club is now focused on preparing for the 2013 Akubra Kempsey Cup on November