With Best Under Fives and Miss & Master Young Wyong for ages six to 11 and 12 to 16, kids shone in their costumes and summer race wear, with one particular little girl outshining the rest. As daughter of well-known Ukrainian jockey Serg Lisnyy, the little girl wore a miniature jockey outfit and took home the Best Under Fives title.
The poor weather prior to race day might have encouraged a few trainers to scratch their horses from the races, but it did not prevent the hundreds of visitors and families from attending and enjoying the event. Live music, free entertainment and performances as well as a range of activities and games were the order of the day. From Kiddie Kartz and bouncing castles to inflatable mazes and roving magicians, the day proved a great Sunday outing for families.
As for the four-legged stars, big city trainer Gai Waterhouse’s Ready Already appreciated the step up to 1600 metres for the first time when the thoroughbred won the 2GO-Central Coast Greatest Hits Maiden race. All athletes passed the finishing line safe and satisfied except for jockey James McDonald who escaped unharmed after falling from Unrealistic on the home turn in race four. Races were won, odds were beaten and glasses of bubbly consumed, but the highlight of the meeting was undoubtedly the effort of the youngsters in the Kids’ Fashions on the Field.