Umaluka victory

THE Jackie Stoetzer-trained Umaluka won her first country cup, the Ramsey Bros/Case IH Lock Cup on Sunday.

Thirty nine horses filled up the stalls for this year’s races, trainers bringing their horses from Port Lincoln, Ceduna, Port Augusta Louth Bay and Quorn.

The race of the day, the 53rd Lock Cup was run over 1900 metres and Umaluka, ridden by Murray Henderson was first to cross the line.

The Port Lincoln horse was followed by Hand to Hand in second place, trained by Julie Branford and ridden by Brendan Sweeney and the Ryan Dawson-trained Eye the World ridden by Eran Boyd came third.

More than 500 people made their way through the gate at McLachlan Park Racecourse and spent the day enjoying the relaxed country race atmosphere.

Once again the grounds looked brilliant.

The condition of the ground were the result of hours of work by the volunteers who get together and add the final touches to the grounds well before the races.

The Fashion of the Field is always a popular event and this year was no exception.

The Best Race Day Hat was won by Maree Barford from Kimba; the second prize winner was Hayley Lewis from Adelaide.

The Best Dressed Lady was Lisa Schmidt from Kimba who looked stunning in her dress, hat and matching shoes and bag, the runner-up was the stunning Akiralie North of Wudinna.

The Best Dressed Man was Wez Schmidt of Kimba and the runner-up was Darcy Martin of Wudinna.

A new category was also added to the field this year, that of Best Race Day Footwear and the prize went to Rahel Gerber-Liniger of Cummins.

The trainer of the day trophy went to Julie Branford of Louth Bay and ‘Travel with Saddle’ jockey Brendan Sweeney won the Jockey of the Day.

The Lock Race Club also presented two life memberships on the day, Jeffrey and Caroline Longmire.

The pair have been long standing committee members for the club and have been active members for many years, Mr Longmire for 35 years and Ms Longmire for 25 years.

The Longmires have put in numerous hours of their time over the years.

Their commitment to the club has been and is appreciated by all of the committee and the members at the Lock Race Club.

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