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Waipa Racing Club

Te Awamutu Cup Meeting

There was mild Winter weather and good racing at the Waipa Racing Club's Te Awamutu Cup Meeting. Racecourse staff were kept busy all day catering for the large crowd and even had to call in extra refreshments. The positive atmosphere was assisted by the "Punter's Club" which had a healthy $30 return for $5 tickets.

A very respectable card of racing was on offer with a strong field for the Cup race. The main event was taken out by Classic Spirit, ridden by Leith Innes and trained by Roger McGlade (who also trained the 2nd horse His Destiny). The complete results for the cup race were:

Name Dividends Trainer Jockey
1st: Classic Spirit $17.00 $5.70 Roger McGlade Leith Innes
2nd: His Destiny   $2.40 Roger McGlade Linda Ballantyne
3rd: Apache Dream   $3.80 Basil Teaz Kelly Davidson
    Quin: $42.35    
    Tri: $901.35    

Left: Jockey Leith Innes returns after winning the Te Awamutu Cup aboard Classic Spirit.

Below: Successful trainer Roger McGlade speaks to the press about his victory.

"A Day at the Waipa Races"

Story and photos below contributed by Ian G. Board

Is an event which brings a warm feeling to you, on a fresh winter's day, by the friendliness and excitement that abounds at the races.

After a brisk morning frost the air around the course was filled with anticipation of events for the day. Horses arriving and each jockey weighing in for their rides. Owners and trainers waiting to see what the day may produce.

Amongst the crowd were a family from Auckland who were following a they had liked from a few other meetings, which won race 7, the Te Awamutu Cup. The horse, Classic Spirit, paid $17.00 the win, $5.80 the place.

Another group had travelled north overnight, with having to divert via National Park due to the Desert Road being closed. They had had a few worries on their trip, but all was joked about once at the course and old friends.

Upon placing a bet with the help of TAB staff, you can walk over to the bar where the friendly bar tenders offer a selection of beers, wines and spirits with discussion on the tips for the days races.

Also available was a large variety of food for all the varied tastes and appetites, from hot chips and hotdogs, to a roast meal with all the trimmings.

The children had fun with a bouncy castle and small go-cart track to play on. Fun for children and adults as well.

With the excitement of the crowd and power of the horse racing, a few good pay outs and excellent refreshments, an exceptional day was had at the Windsor Park Stud Te Awamutu Cup Meeting 2001.