When it came to choosing the perfect hat for race day, five-year-old Oliver Walsh had something special in mind. Taking out the gong for Best Dressed Boy, he said he chose the hat because it looked like his “Poppy Pete”, Leeton trainer Peter Clancy owned and wore.
“We saw Poppy Pete’s horses and he got a winner,” he said.
The youngest Fashions of the Field winner was pretty pleased with his own win as well, though he admitted he had a little help from his proud mum.
“I got a voucher and a sash.”
Oliver and his family were part of a crowd of over 1000 people who came out to attend the Leeton races over the weekend.
The Leeton Cup was taken out by seven year-old gelding Biding Time, trained by Albury’s Andrew Dale. Prize money for first place came it at $7,350.
Leeton Jockey Club President Grant Fitzsimon was more than happy with the day’s turnout.
“We’ve had an excellent day. The crowd looks up on previous years so that’s great,” he said.
It’s a good community effort. We have our committee but there are a lot of people who just put up their hand and offer up their help when they can.Grant Fitzsimon
“I think this is probably a bigger crowd than last year. “
With a late cold snap hitting Leeton on Friday, he says there were concerns about whether the sun would make an appearance – but things pulled through.
“We’ve been pretty happy with the competition in the fields. Overall, the day has been pretty good,” he said.
“It’s a good community effort. We have our committee but there are a lot of people who just put up their hand and offer up their help.”
He thanked the hard work and ongoing support of the Jockey Club committee, sponsors and volunteers.
Aside from the race track, Leeton’s Fashions on the Field also shone, with prizes offered across seven categories.
Most stylish couple: Scott and Stephanie Townsend
Most elegant lady: Sue Burghofer
Best dressed girl: Sascha Parker-Eade
Best dressed gent: Edward Mills
Best dressed boy: Oliver Walsh
Millinery: Dee Sparkes
Best dressed miss: Amber Fitzsimon