Thousands go back to races for the Kempsey Cup

Cuban Dancer paid $16.80 when it won the Kempsey Cup on Friday.

THE 2011 Kempsey Cup is being heralded as one of the most successful in the past 20 years.
Thousands of people attended last Friday’s race meeting at Warwick Park Racecourse.

The atmosphere was electric and the weather behaved itself with hardly a spit of rain falling from the overcast sky.

The Akubra Kempsey Cup was won by Cuban Dancer, with Youthful Jack second and Capital Rising third.

A spokesman from Kempsey Race Club said the crowd was one of the biggest in two decades.

“I think it was the best ever if not equal to one of the best crowds we have seen at a Kempsey Cup,” he said.

“We expected a bumper crowd, but the numbers were better than we expected. Everyone was very well dressed and had a great day out.

“By the end of the day we had run out of food and very little alcohol was left.

“And the crowd was very well behaved.”

TAB punters across NSW parted with more than $200,000 on the Akubra Kempsey Cup, which was down on previous years spending.

Close to $1 million was wagered with the TAB over the eight-race program.

The racecourse was in tip top condition for the event, which was just the second race meeting to be run in Kempsey since February, 2010.

“The track raced very well and the visiting trainers and jockeys gave it the thumbs up,” the club spokesman said.

“The race club was overwhelmed by the support of sponsors and the general public.

“There were also a lot of people who helped out leading up to the cup.

“There was also excellent media coverage.”

An application has been made to Racing NSW to hold the event on the same Friday in November next year.

The spokesman agreed that a Friday for the cup not only suited locals but also former locals, who could easily travel home.

Article courtest the Macleay Argus

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