Bong Bong Cup abandoned due to wet wather

BONG BONG RACES 2017: Horses sprinting down the straight while the sun was still shining at the 2017 Bong Bong Picnic Races on November 24. Photo: Madeline Crittenden.
BONG BONG RACES 2017: Horses sprinting down the straight while the sun was still shining at the 2017 Bong Bong Picnic Races on November 24. Photo: Madeline Crittenden.

The Bong Bong Picnic races had it all- fashion, races, rain, hail and shine. 

What started as a perfect day ended in a hail storm which washed out the track ahead of the Bong Bong Cup and final race. 

Despite this, race-goers still had the chance to see some of the shire’s horses in action. 

Highlands favourite Tash Burleigh trained One Sunday for the Lexus Macarthur Class 1 and Maiden Plate over 2300 metres. 

Despite strong support from punters and a recent win at Taree, One Sunday finished in fifth. 

Burleigh said it was just a little bit unknown for the horse coming into the race.

"Her last start was only over 1600 metres," she said.

"She pulled up well though and she will probably go to something a little less in distance."

Tash said she was happy to be back at Bong Bong this year.

"It's just a shame it's only once a year, it would be nice if it was a few more times a year."

It's just a shame [Bong Bong] is only once a year, it would be nice if it was a on a few more times.

Highlands trainer Tash Burleigh

Exeter trainer Sarah Murray-Leslie took a win in the Third I Property Wyeera Flying Open Handicap over 1200m with Ain’t She a Dane.

Murray-Leslie predicted a hard-fought win prior to the race, and her thoughts were spot on.  

The race was close in the straight between Ain’t She a Dane and Benno’s Boy, but jockey Billy Owen took the Ain’t She Dane to victory. 

Murray-Leslie trained Mop the Floor for race six, but the weather prevented the run. 

The feature stable in this year's six-horse contest was that of Gai Waterhouse and Andrew Bott, who brought 80-rater Multitude to the Bong Bong Cup.

But due to the wet weather, punters missed out on seeing Waterhouse’s horse in action. 

Bong Bong major sponsor Michael Cawthorn of Knight Bailey Property said despite the disappointing end to the carnival, it was a great display of country picnic racing. 

“I’m sorry the weather turned this way but I think everyone had a great day and we had some great racing,” he said.