Tabulam strides to success
IT WASN’T just the bumper crowd, the pretty frocks and the mercifully dry weather that made Saturday’s Tabulam race day an event to remember.
For Jan Friar, it marked 150 years since her jockey ancestor, William Christopher Wilson, was crushed beneath his horse at the same annual race meeting all those years ago.
“He fell in a steeplechase on September 9, 1859,” Ms Friar said as she watched the races more than a century-and-half later.
“His horse rolled on him.”
Ms Friar made a special trip from her home in Wallangarra, Queensland, to present the best jockey of the day with a whip in William Christopher Wilson’s memory.
He was just 21 when he died.
Tabulam Racing Club secretary Milton King said the race day drew the best crowd for years – 1594 people went through the gates.
“We ended up having a really good day. We were really pleased,” he said.
“We think that’s the biggest crowd for quite a few years.
“All the food vendors sold out,” he said.
“The bookies took about $90,000.”
The $4000 Tabulam Cup was taken out by 17-year-old Brisbane jockey Alexandra Kitson on Fastpeony.
Although the teenager has only been competing since February, she has already notched up 13 wins in just 60 rides.
“I’m aiming for 20 wins in 100 rides,” the puffed but happy Alexandra said after Saturday’s Cup race.
Diamonds and Ice, ridden by Michael Heagney, won the $4500 Sam Hordern Memorial Cup.
The race day, which attracted punters from across the Northern Rivers, also featured a best-dressed lady competition and two charity auctions.