Umaluka victory at Lock

THE Jackie Stoetzer-trained Umaluka won her first ever country cup, the Ramsey Bros/Case IH Lock Cup on Sunday.

Thirty nine horses filled up the stalls for this year’s races, trainers bringing their horses from across the Eyre Peninsula and Mid North, with Port Lincoln, Ceduna, Port Augusta, Louth Bay and Quorn represented.

Six races were held over the course of the day.

The race of the day, the 53rd Lock Cup was run over 1900 metres and Umaluka, ridden by Murray Henderson was first to cross the finish line.

The Port Lincoln horse was followed by Hand to Hand, trained by Julie Branford and ridden by Brendan Sweeney, in second place, with the Ryan Dawson-trained Eye the World, ridden by Eran Boyd, coming in third. 

About 475 people made their way through the gate at McLachlan Park Racecourse and spent the day enjoying the relaxed country race atmosphere the Lock Races never fails to provide.

Once again the grounds looked brilliant after many hours of work by the volunteers who get together and add the final touches to the grounds well before the races.

There was plenty of shade and seating for the crowd, with visitors enjoying food provided by Frosting and Sprinkles and the  Lock and District Services (LADS) with the Lock Cricket Club tending the bar.

The Fashion of the Field is always a popular event and this year was no exception, with plenty lining up on the mound to be judged on their outfit for the day.

The Best Race Day Hat was won by Maree Barford from Kimba.

Second prize went to Hayley Lewis from Adelaide.

The Best Dressed Lady was Lisa Schmidt from Kimba who looked stunning in her dress, hat and matching shoes and bag.

The runner-up was the stunning Akiralie North of Wudinna.

Wez Schmidt of Kimba was named the Best Dressed Man.

Darcy Martin of Wudinna took out second place in the men’s competition.

The new category of Best Race Day Footwear went to Rahel Gerber-Liniger of Cummins.

There were more than bragging rights on offer for the fashionable winners, with each prize valued at $100 or more.

The Best Dressed Lady alone went home with $500 cash and $300 in vouchers from sponsors of the competition.

The trainer of the day trophy went to Julie Branford of Louth Bay.

‘Travel with Saddle’ jockey Brendan Sweeney was named the Jockey of the Day.

The Lock Race Club also presented two life memberships on the day, to Jeffrey and Caroline Longmire.

The pair have been long standing committee members for the club and have been active members for many years, Mr Longmire for 35 years and Ms Longmore for 25 years.

They have put in numerous hours of their time over the years and their commitment to the club has and is appreciated by all the committee and members at the race club.

More Lock Cup photos on page 8.