Bangalow Cup sponsor a winner all round
It was a great day for the crowds of Bangalow folk who were at the Ballina Jockey Club yesterday, and especially for winning owner Greg Nash, whose business, Coopers Shoot Orchards, was the major sponsor of the race.
It was Mr Nash who initiated the idea of holding an annual Bangalow Cup race, and named it after Bangalow identity Frank Scarrabelotti, who had been Australia's oldest man when he died in June last year aged 109.
The first Bangalow Cup was run in 2000, with Mr Scarrabelotti there as guest-of-honour.
At yesterday's event, Mr Scarrabelotti was represented by his daughter, Helen Markwick, who came down from Brisbane with her husband Greg and took part in the presentation of the cup after the race.
“Dad loved Bangalow so much, and he so enjoyed the horse races,” Mrs Markwick told The Northern Star.
“Last year's races were cancelled because of the equine influenza outbreak, and there were no horses at the Bangalow Show either.
“So I was determined to come down for both events this year. I'll be back for the show next month.
“I can never hope to fill dad's shoes, but it's great to catch up with the many old friends that were around us over the years.
“He was a man who took an interest in everything that was going on around him, and knew exactly what was going on right to the end of his life.
“He deserves to be honoured on a day like this.”