Esperance Bay Turf Club hold annual Cup

More than 1,500 people gathered at the Esperance Bay Turf Club on Sunday, March 4, to take part in all of the action at the annual Esperance Cup.

Esperance Bay Turf Club president Ken Norton said it was the perfect day for the event and a great turn out.

“The feedback that we’ve had has been really good,” he said.

“Fashions of the Field were very successful and I think the little ones deserve a special mention.

“There was some very keen racing, and no real incidents to upset the day, so it was a great day all around.”

Mr Norton said he knew of several attendees who had travelled from Hong Kong, Perth, and Albany to partake in the event.

Mr Norton extended thanks to all of the visiting trainers and owners for making the Cup a success.

“Without them, we wouldn’t have a Cup like we do,” he said.

“There just wouldn’t be enough horses in the region to run a successful race club.”

The first race of the day saw the 1100 metre won by Tip and Run and jockey Shaun O’Donnell. 

Race number two saw jockey Shaun O’Donnell take out his second win of the day, winning the 1400 metre with Release The Sax.

The third race of the day was won by trainer Craig Wright and jockey Daniel Staeck, after Swift Sis took home the 1100 metre.

Trainer Peter Fernie and jockey Chris Parnham took out their first win for the day during the fourth race, after Makuru dominated the 1400 metre.

Race number five was won by trainer Trevor Tasker and jockey Alan Kennedy, after Major Mambo took out the 1300 metre.

Jockey Daniel Staeck took out his second win of the day, with Happy Harry dominating the 1200 metre sprint.

Race number seven saw jockey Chris Parnham also grab his second win of the day, after Scooner proved too good for the rest of the competition in the 2030 metre.

The day concluded with the 1600 metre race, with Jimmy Rapid and jockey Matthieu Autier taking home the win.