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Happy days as crowds return for Louth Races

The winner of the Nutrien Walsh Hughes Don Le Lievre Memorial Cup for 2023 – Valadyium – with l-r: Don’s son Ben Le Lievre, Louth Turf Club President Jim Strachan, Greg Seiler from Nutrien Walsh Hughes, winning trainer Connie Greig, strapper Amber Collins, Louth Turf Club Secretary Tegan Barton, and winning jockey Wendy Peel. Photo: JANIAN MCMILLAN, SARSFIELD RACING PHOTOGRAPHY

It was four years in the making, but the Louth Race meeting on Saturday was a return to good times, with a massive crowd through the gates, a record Calcutta on Friday night, and campers and caravanners from across the country squeezed into every available campsite in and around Louth.

Louth Turf Club President Jim Strachan said he ‘couldn’t be happier’ and the event confirmed Louth once again as one of the most popular and iconic country race meetings.

“It was a wonderful day, a terrific crowd, good racing - it was a really successful event,” Jim said.

“I do not like trying to put a specific number on how many people we had through the gates, but it looked like a huge crowd, probably around four and a half to five thousand people.

“There was an enormous number of campers from all over the place - a lot from Victoria and even some from Western Australia.

“The Don Le Lievre Memorial Cup, the feature race of the day, was very well contested, with trainer Connie Greig’s horse Valadyium, ridden by Wendy Peel, giving Wendy back-to-back Louth Cup wins.

“The track was fantastic, and I want to give a huge ‘thankyou’ and congratulations to our curator Jason Boede for the work he did in getting it right.

“We saw two track records on the day, which is an indication of how good it was.

“All the other events were very well patronised, with 80 contestants taking part in the golf tournament, raising between seven and eight thousand dollars for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

“The scone and damper bake-off was a lot of fun and the Calcutta on Friday night was hugely successful. […]

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