Tumut alive for weekend events

HOME STRAIGHT: It was a race to the finish line in Race 6 on Saturday. PHOTO: Pam Zierk-Mahoney.

TUMUT on a busy weekend – and the crowds poured in.

Yes, it was a very busy weekend in Tumut this past weekend with thousands of visitors to the area for various reasons.

There were horse races on Saturday, Pub 9s rugby League kicked off on Friday night, cricket was played on the lower fields, the Tumbarumba Trek was held on Saturday morning with more than 150 walking the 12km trek and much more in both the social and sporting fields.

The Tumut Turf Club’s annual running of the Tumut Cup drew a large crowd to the racecourse which of course not only included a six-race card with good numbers but the Fashions on the Field attracted the best of the best in fashions.

Garry Worsnop’s Tough James took out the Tumut Cup in style but in a photo finish.

Pipping Ferrari Girl on the line, Worsnop said he was thrilled with the unexpected win as Tough James did not start as favourite.

Worsnop owner and trainer said following the race “we set him pretty straight and he did it ‘didn’t you mate’ talking to his horse – it was great finish he has been racing for five years and has had six wins.

“I was not confident he would win but it is great he got up – he ran a good race and we will probably take him up to Albury next.”

The win was especially pleasing for jockey Teighan Worsnop – granddaguther of Garry – who said she rode the cup for her grandfather.

“Yep, my Pop Garry is a trainer and he got me into racing,” Teighan said.

“I was apprenticed to him and I set my record on Tough James and this is his sixth win.

“He always runs well for me but it is always great riding for your grandfather and trainer and it means a lot to us .

“I am from Tumut originally so coming home and riding a winner means a lot .

“He’s (the horse) such a tough horse – he is getting older and you don’t know how the horse is going to be.

“This is my second Tumut Cup – it is really exciting,” Teighan said.

Second placed horse Ferrari Gril started second favourite in the cup having won previously at Tumut in January and then ran a second at Tumbarumba.

And of course the horses on the track were not the only winners on the day – it was high fashion stakes on the catwalk in the shade of the big trees.

From tiny tots to the not so young – all were dressed for the occasion and the prizes were amazing.

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