Home is the Bowra Cup
By UTE SCHULENBERG
ANGIE Bryce doesn't get back to Bowraville very often these days, but she always makes sure she is home for the Bowraville Cup. "I love it. I come every year," Ms Bryce said. "I love seeing all the people and it's not often you have a chance to get really dressed up." On Sunday Ms Bryce won the hotly contested Best-dressed Woman award from a field of close to 40 fashionable competitors. Her smart red and black dress, a brand new birthday gift, was worn with knee-high black boots and star-like hair ornament. About 3500 enthusiastic visitors filled the small rural racecourse for what has become one of country racing's most popular events. Nambucca Valley Jockey Club committee member John Cochrane said he was thrilled with the huge turnout. "It's a fantastic atmosphere," Mr Cochrane said. "This is one of the biggest crowds ever and everyone is getting into the spirit." He said 78 horses jumped out of the gates providing plenty of racing action. "Champion country jockey Allan Robinson is riding today and he reckons this is what country racing is all about." There was no doubting the enthusiasm of the crowd. The Coffs Coast Advocate spoke to many loyal cup attendees from as far afield as Victoria and Gunnedah. Keith Ferrier, from Avoca, NSW, said he had been to the Melbourne and Perth cups, but the Bowraville Cup beat them all. A group of five local women had been planning the big day all year and had a syndicate going for their bets. Macksville's Alison Laverty said their system of choosing horses by name or number rather than on form was proving successful. "We are losing less than the boys," she said. The winner of this year's Bowraville Cup was Dane Fantasy, ridden by Scott Thurlow. Very close second placegetter was Ascotello and Windon ran third.
Fashion on the Field winner Angie Bryce, right, with runner-up Jenny Argent and other glamorous contestants at the Bowraville Cup yesterday. Photo: UTE SCHULENBERG