Cobram Harness Racing Club’s Community Pink Ladies Day was a barnstorming success, raising $25000 for the McGrath Foundation.
‘‘The club is overwhelmingly grateful for the magnificent and generous support of the numerous sponsors and in particular the Cobram-Barooga community and businesses that have helped make a difference for those battling such a cruel disease,’’ club secretary Bob Watson said.
As the sun shone brightly, the course was a sea of pink, acknowledging the theme of the day.
The patrons were abuzz with the arrival of two gents who had dressed to impress.
Trots Country chief executive officer Toby McKinnon was wearing a pink suit, while horse check-in clerk Barry McKinnon had raided the local op shops to acquire his eye-catching outfit.
A moving ceremony led by Glenys McCurdy and featuring representatives of community groups opened trackside proceedings, with candles lit in memory of those who had succumbed to the horrid disease.
Talented Cobram Secondary College student Freyja Black, backed by the college’s jazz band, performed an inspiring rendition of the national anthem.
The popular college band entertained patrons during the afternoon while ADVANCE and VCE students were in charge of gate duties.
Later in the afternoon, Sally Moore judged Jenny Gaylard Lady of the Day and Noelene Ackerly runner-up, while Joan Lukies from Heathcote won hat of the day with Liz Moar runner-up.
Sandy Anderson presented the winners with pink sashes supplied by Cobram and District Artists Society.
Numurkah’s Ivan Russell won a Holden Barina Spark in the raffle.
On the track, a jubilant Monique Burnett was crowned the Paul Roberts Jewellers Invitation Lady Drivers Pace winner over her 11 rival reinswomen when she piloted five-year-old mare Poppys Princess home for Wayne Gretgrix.
She took home a beautiful Adina watch donated by Paul Roberts Jewellers for her efforts, while Poppys Princess looking every part a real princess when McKinnon placed a garland of flowers around her neck.
While the moment belonged to Burnett, the day was owned by Laura Crossland.
Crossland chalked up a driving double with Kellys Beach in the Cobram Lions Club Pace and Starlight Storm in the Cobram Spinners and Weavers Trotters Handicap in which the girls outgunned the boys, filling the first five placings.
Crossland went on to win the Xerri Evans Lady Drivers Aggregate and the Babcon Plant Hire Top Trainer Award by a point over Josh Aiken and Donna Castles and the Adele Watson Top Female Drive of the Day.
Rebecca Bartley put the icing on the cake for the girls in the last on the program with a brilliant drive on Brad Aylett’s four-year-old gelding Four Shotzzz, storming home to receive the judge’s nod in a thrilling photo finish in the Moira Shire Pace.