The reports from Kembla Grange on Saturday, a week after the successful The Gong meeting, were similar with a strong crowd taking in the final meeting of spring.
“When you put money into marketing events like we did in the spring you hope for a flow-on effect and it appears like we got it,” Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys said. “The crowds we have attracted to our new meetings have been new racegoers.
“We are hoping they will want to come back after the introduction they got in the spring.
“The ATC is doing an amazing with Canterbury on Friday nights and it is great to see the people that get to those meetings and it is a positive going forward for racing.”
Bookmaker Grant Lynch had “one of his biggest days of the year at Kembla” on Saturday, which surprised him.
“The club did a great job with The Gong but I thought the crowd would be down this week. However there were plenty of people out there enjoying the day and we saw it with our turnover,” he said.
“It is exciting to see so many people at the track.”
Waller remembers Sacred Falls and wants more
Champion trainer Chris Waller was saddened to hear his dual Doncaster winner Sacred Falls died after a short illness at Waikato Stud in New Zealand on Sunday.
The first of Sacred Falls’ progeny are finding their way to the track and will continue his legacy.
“Although they leave the stable you always feel part of them and you are proud of what they achieve after racing,” Waller said. “He had been sick and it is very sad to lose him.
“We have quite a few of his sons and daughters and we be looking to buy more next year at the yearling sales.”
People’s Tycoon to be Magic Millions star
The unbeaten Dusty Tycoon is set to be the pin-up two-year-old heading into next month’s Magic Millions with her 576 owners along for the ride.
She made it two from two at Doomben on Saturday with jockey Dale Smith highlighting the Mirunners silks as he crossed the line costing him a $300 fine.
“It is exciting to be a part of because there were a couple of hundred owners there to cheer her home on Saturday,” trainer Robert Heathcote said. “They did a great job in finding me a good horse and she is doing it on the track and we have a Magic Millions horse.
“There are 400 new owners in this horse, which is great for racing. They are just having a great time at the moment. Every time she races it’s like winning a big race, I don’t know what it will be like if she wins the Magic Millions.
“She is having a week off and will run in the Bruce McLachlan [Stakes] on December 28 beofre the Millions.”
The filly was hand picked by Mirunners, which in partnership with Racing Queensland marketed the idea. It is likely to be followed in Sydney with Racing NSW making a similar scheme one of its goals in the organisation’s strategic plan.
The Gold Coast Turf Club is already planning how to accommodate more than the 500 owners on Magic Millions Day with chief executive Steve Lines to discuss how they can all see the filly run up close in the $2 million Classic.
“It is a good challenge to have,” he said. “This concept is something that gives you a chance to be in a horse for not a big investment but we want them to have a great day.”
Pike gets Rosehill’s biggest roar
Is William Pike the most popular jockey in Australia?
Judging by the Rosehill roar that accompanied Pike putting Not To Be Mist’s head on the line at Ascot at about 6.37pm on Saturday, he is.
The Sydney meeting had finished for the evening but those enjoying a drink after the last race took part in what has become a tradition: backing Pike in Perth on the $3.60 favourite.
The cheer was as big as anything all day and when Pike’s perfect timing was revealed there was another celebration.
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald