Action aplenty at Italian Plate

December 12, 2017

About 2500 punters enjoyed Tatura and Shepparton Race Club's annual Italian Plate Race Day on Sunday. Fernanda Carvalho and Sally Flett were just two of the happy racegoers.

Jockey Lewis German.

Winner of race four Patriot Act ridden by L King.

Brad Rawlings, Shane Webber, Dayne Webber and Daniel McCrimmon.

Kristen Sugars, Jack Nicholson, Natalia Zmuda and Craig Rath.

Darren Robinson and Neil McPherson had the hot tips.

Peter Leahy, Damian Drake and John Owen.

Carol Kiniry, Jade Golightly and Bec Brisbane.

Kelly Stapleton, Gavin Curley and Sandy Chamberlin.

It was all about a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere at the Tatura and Shepparton Race Club on Sunday for its annual Italian Plate Race Day.

The event attracted about 2500 guests according to racetrack manager Jon Dight.

‘‘It has been really, reallyd live music and entertainment in two separate areas where there were marquees filled to the brim with colourful fashions.

The regular Fashions on the Field event ran from 2pm with the juniors kicking things off.

Best dressed couple went to Shepparton’s Taylah Burrows and Jack O’Brien, who had met just half an hour before they entered the competition.

‘‘It has been so much fun,’’ Ms Burrows said.

There was much action for the children as well.

Animals 2 U were on hand with their petting zoo where racegoers could pat a miniature pony, chickens and lambs.

Racegoers could also enjoy Italian-themed food with pizza a crowd-pleaser.

The event’s main race — the Varapodio Family Italian Plate — was won by Vianden who was ridden by jockey L. King and trained by A. Coffey.

Mr Dight said the day would not be possible without the continued support of the Varapodio family, which had been sponsor and supporter of the event for the past 34 years.

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