THERE was a silver lining to yesterday’s postponed Racing Orange $50,000 Allandale Park Stud Orange Cup meeting, with the club drawing its major raffle for the year.
Luring keen race goers with a 10 per cent stake in an exciting mare by Group One winning sire Excites and out of multiple winning mare Hycibel, Gary Stevenson of Willowdene Constructions took home the major prize.
Drawn yesterday at the Central Western Daily, Stevenson beat out the Parkview Hotel, Gary Christou, Orange Couriers and Tony Ford from Mid West Mini Mix for the 10 per cent share in four-year-old mare Our Girl Cybil.
To be trained minus fees for the first 12 months by Towac Park-based Jeff Brasch, the four-year-old will barrier trial within the next three weeks before getting her first start in May.
Brash was excited to be part of the mare’s preparation.
“She’s unraced at this stage but well bred by a Group One winner and out of a mare that’s produced multiple winners,” he said, citing the unique opportunity the club’s raffle has provided.
“It’s given them an opportunity to get involved with a nice, well educated race horse at a low entry level.”
Racing Orange chair Ellie Brown was over the moon after the success of the draw, with all 100 tickets sold prior to yesterday’s washed out Orange Cup meeting.
Admitting the deluge of rain that put an end to the biggest day on the Racing Orange calendar was a little frustrating, Brown said with a packed calendar looming for Racing NSW, it is unlikely the Orange Cup will be run on an alternate date.
It’s the second meeting this season Racing Orange has had affected by rain.
“It’s very frustrating but the good thing is we had everything ready to go. The track’s prepared and in top condition. When it’s Mother Nature that’s the reason then that’s something totally out of our hands,” Brown said.