Great Day for Cambridge JC.

Last Sunday’s Cambridge Jockey Club meeting at Te Rapa was an outstanding success.

The good sized crowd were treated to some great racing on the nine race programme.

It was pleasing to see such a good turnout crowd wise, considering the very busy week’s racing in the northern region.

“We were virtually last man standing after the Ready To Run Sales earlier this week and with races at Te Aroha on Thursday and Counties on Saturday” said CJC Chief Executive Gayle Barkla.

Although the fields were not as large as usual, the on course crowd were certainly enthusiastic when it came to supporting their picks.

“Our on course turn over for the day on nine races, was $20,000 more than what we did on ten races last year” explained Barkla.

Central to the success of the day was the “Christmas at the Races” theme.

“We had a number of organizations which took advantage of this theme and many had their Xmas staff functions with us, probably because it was great value for money” added Barkla.

Contributing towards the great atmosphere was the indomitable Andre Neill, who along with Mark Claydon were the day’s official Master of Ceremonies.

“These guys did a great job again keeping the masses entertained and certainly got everyone into the spirit of things” said Barkla.



On the track, the local horses had a field day winning several of the races.

Get the ball started was, appropriately enough, Oasis Rose.

There is a story behind why Oasis Rose was an appropriate winner of the first race.

Last Sunday saw the “unveiling” of the new Cambridge Jockey Club Winning Post.

This came about through the dogged persistence of CJC Life Member, Barry Lee.

Since I’ve been President of the CJC, Barry Lee has continually raised why we didn’t have our own Winning Post.

“When the owners of the winning horses get their photograph they see the Waikato Racing Club even though it is a Cambridge meeting” explained Barry on numerous occassions.

This year the Committee decided to rectify the situation which led to the new Winning Post.

In a strange coincidence, the Cambridge Stud owned Oasis Rose won the first race.

Barry Lee is of course closely associated with Sir Patrick Hogan, helping with the management of his considerable racing team. 

And now he has the first winning photo featuring the Cambridge Jockey Club Winning Post.

It took a while Barry…….but we got there in the end!


Congratulations to all the local winners on the day.

Joining Oasis Rose, trained by Don Sellwood, were Pellegrini (Murray Baker), Brokash (Roger Lang) Open ‘n Shut (Chris Wood) and Dehere and There (Paul Duncan).


Finally, commiserations must go to the connections of the Roger James trained He’s Remarkable.

The exciting galloper claimed the $1m Railway Stakes in Perth last Saturday, only to lose the race due to interference.

The relegation cost connections $450,000 as well as the added value of a Group One winning entire.

Personally, I think the decision was appalling.

It is an opinion shared by experienced Australian racing commentators including Greg Radley, Ron Dufficy and Richard Freedman.

It was a long way to go to lose a race like that!


I’ll catch you next week.