Racing Rundown

Jazz Festival Race Day June 11th Click Here for results and race replays.

Race 1, Kayla Nisbet took Monterey Magic straight to the front from the wide gate and the Greg Stephens trained galloper never looked in doubt after been challenged on the turn he strode away from the field to win by over five lengths.

Race 2, Brendan Ward had to do a bit of work early on the Terry Robinson trained favorite River Drift to get to the lead but once the filly found the fence she relaxed well and extender her lead in the straight to go on and win convincingly by over five lengths.

Race 3, Brodie Loy took the Keith Dryden / Scott Collings trained favorite Thats The Ticket straight to the lead and never looked in doubt going on to win by over five lengths.

Race 4, The favorite Termele jumped well for Jon Grisedale and he positioned the handy galloper just behind the speed on the fence, on the point of the turn Jon eased the Paul Murray trained galloper off their heels and came with a well timed run to get the cash by a length on the line.

Race 5, The well backed Matt Stephens trained Charlie Royale settled a little worse than midfield early then slowly crept forward on the fence approaching the turn Mick Travers had about five lengths to make up on the tearaway leader Brimstone but one Charlie was balanced he came with a barnstorming run to go on for an impressive win.

Race 6, Nick Souquet was aboard the heavily supported Matt Wood trained favorite Secret Image and didn’t disappoint the punters. After starting a little tardy from the inside gate Nick kicked up inside the field to retain the rails and pushed on to the lead, from there on he was never in doubt.

Race 7, The Chicka Pearson trained Shoulder Charge hadn’t been in the winners circle for a while but a gun ride by Jon Grisedale saw the galloper back in the number one stall. Jon had the gelding travelling beautifully on the fence just behind the leaders and eased off their heels in the straight to win well.

Rider of the Day, Jon Grisedale

Trainers of the day, Stephens family with nearly a fairy tale day with sons Greg and Matt both training winners and Dad Steve with a second.


7th May, Clubs Race Day Click Here to find results and race replays.
Race 1, The Luke Pepper first starter, Ticked off jumped well from the 2 gate and Simon Miller camped right on the heels of the leader in fourth on the fence round the turn. He balanced the horse into the straight and peeled off the leaders heels coming with a well timed run to go on and win by 1.25 lengths.
Race 2, The winning combination from race 1 Luke Pepper and Simon Miller came into the race with the favorite Iltextya, the speedy filly went straight to the lead and never looked in doubt, simply running the opposition off their legs.
Race 3, Brodie Loy took advantage of the good gate taking the Keith Dryden & Scott Collings favorite Thats The Ticket straight to the lead and never looked in doubt winning race 3.
Race 4, Mel Kinny had the Chris Hensler trained Janis in a great position approaching the turn tucked in behind the speedy Old Maribo. As they straightened Mel pinched a break and won the race. The favorite Attainment was back near last on the point of the turn and made up many lengths to run on for second.
Race 5, Brodie Loy was aboard the Phil Courtney trained favorite Dyfield and after a good second in Sydney last start the writing was on the wall for a win. Brodie had the fav positioned well just off the speed back on the fence travelling well on the steel. He hooked off their heels at the point of the turn and came with a well timed and well deserved win.
Race 6, Veteran Hoop Neil Perryman jumped the talented Jacakazane straight to the front and rated the Lynda Bundy trained galloper to perfection taking out the feature race on the day.
Race 7, The odds on favorite Its A Lottery eventually got to the lead midrace, Richie Bensley took his time getting there and in doing so didnt use up to much petrol. A few decided to go early and try pinch the race but Richie smoked his pipe and came with a well timed run to bring the John Bateman trained favorite home in first position.
Trainer of the day Luke Pepper with a double.
Riders of the day, Simon Miller and Brodie Loy with Doubles.

Tradies Race Day Click Here to find results and race replays.
Tradies day went exceptionally well with a great crowd turning up for what only could be described as a great days racing. Big fields were the order of the day. There’s an old saying in racing, ” The bigger the field the bigger the certainty ”  and that ran true to form with the outright favorite winning four of the eight races contested on the day. It was great to see our newly extended female jockeys room in full swing with nine lady riders here on Friday. The ladies got off to a great start filling two of the placings in the first race but unfortunately had to wait till race eight to get into the number one stall with Jess Taylor getting the Theresa Bateup trained Atlantic Dreamer home in first position.

Merimbula Cup Day Click Here
Unfortunately Merimbula Cup Day was washed out after two races. Visibility was an issue, with safety concerns for horse and rider it was decided to cancel the meeting.

Bega Cup Carnival.
Results Day 1 Click Here
Results Day 2 Click Here
Racing was competitive over the weekend with over $400,000.00 in prize money on offer and the feature races were stacked with quality horses.
The $50,000.00 Bega Cheese Bega Cup was taken out by the Richard Clarke trained Coolcat Dancer ridden a treat by Grant Buckley who has won three races in a row on this promising horse.
The $40,000.00 Momsen Motors Bega Sprint was taken out by the Keith Dryden & Scott Collings trained Beau Tirage ridden by Brendan Ward.
The $35,000.00 Tanja Park Stud Sapphire Coast Cup was won by the Joe Cleary Racing trained Rosaruby who was ridden a treat by Noel Callow
Special mentions to Rachel Madelaine Hunt with a double, Noel Callow a double, Will Pearson a double, Carly Frater-Hill a double, Brendan Ward a double, Robert & Luke Price a double and Richard Clarke a double,
Trainer of the Carnival Barb Joseph & Paul Jones with four winners.
Jockey of the Carnival Kathy O’Hara with three winners

Tathra Cup 23rd Jan 2017
Results Click Here

Boxing Day Races 2016
Race 1 – 1:45PM PAMBULA LITTLE BOTTLER MAIDEN PLATE (900 METRES)
The lightly raced but promising Smiling All made the trek down from Kembla Grange with some strong provincial form and got the job done. Ridden by Brock Ryan and Trained by Donna Grisedale
Race 2 – 2:20PM HOTONDO HOMES MIRADOR & COLOR CRAFT KITCHENS MAIDEN PLATE (1200 METRES)
Crown me Jacko had been there about in much stronger grade. The experienced rider Scotty Pollard got the best out of the gelding. Nice win, trained by Matt Stephens.
Race 3 – 3:30PM GIPPSLAND TYRE SERVICE EDEN & SOUTH COAST TYRES CL 3 HCP (S+2.5KG) (1200 METRES)
The topweight Malizia had been racing consistently in stronger grade and we saw Scotty pollard come in with an early double. Trained by Georgie Boucher.
Race 4 – 4:05PM BENDIGO BANK PAMBULA CUP BENCHMARK 60 HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
Nice little field for the feature race with Grey Drama racing consistently we saw the big grey hold that form and win well. Ridden by Shelley Walsh and Trained by Steven Cummins
Tips 3-5-4
Race 5 – 4:45PM HEFFERNAN LENDING SOLUTIONS CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
The Paul Muray trained Viva Lavino had solid form leading into the last and gave Brock Ryan a double for the day book-ending the meeting.
Riders of the day Brock Ryan and Scotty Pollard with doubles.

September 16th Race Day
A good crowd turned out on a lovely spring day. Large fields and a fantastic racing surface made for another great day out at Sapphire. The racing surface was presented in top order and raced as good as it looked with classic finishes in many races where horses relaxed well in the run and came with well timed finishing bursts to win.
Race 1 –  SQUIZZY’S TYRES & MORE  MERIMBULA BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (900 METRES)
Richie Bensley had the Nick Olive trained Pixie Rose travelling nice just off the speed and came with a well timed run to get the prize.
Race 2 –  LAUCHLAN MCINTOSH MAIDEN PLATE (900 METRES)
Apprentice Arron Sweeney settled the Kevin Cassidy trained Little off the Top towards the rear of the field, cut the corner at the top of the straight and was held up at the furlong before easing off the heels of the leaders and coming away for a strong win. Nice effort over 900m.
Race 3 –  PAMBULA SMASH REPAIRS MAIDEN HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
Luke Pepper saddled up the Favorite Loyal Hero and the barrier three suited as John Kissick settled the horse on the fence just off the speed. Loyal Hero traveled sweetly and always looked like the winner even when challenged.
Race 4 – RV REPAIRS EDEN CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (1600 METRES)
The Richard Clarke trained Mrs Willy Nilly started out of barrier eight and had to do a bit of work early to get in a nice position one out one back. Mick Travers eased off the leaders heels at the point of the turn and powered to the line for a strong win over the mile.
Race 5 – GIPPSLAND TYRE SERVICE EDEN BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
Nick Olive saddled up the favourite Unyielding and Brendan Ward took the horse to the lead at the six hundred shot clear by two lengths at the top of the straight and went on for a demanding win giving the Olive stable a double.
Race 6 –  GOODALL’S QUALITY MEATS MERIMBULA MAIDEN HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
Apprentice Aaron Sweeney was on Little River Road for his Master Arron Clarke and got the job done after been back and wide out of the twelve gate the horse got some cover, shifted out to the centre of the track and mowed them down running away for a strong win giving the apprentice a double.
Race 7 –  SAPPHIRE SPRINT (1000 METRES)
A fantastic field lined up for the feature race of the day and last years leading rider Rachel Hunt got the cash on the Rob Potter trained Supa Vision. Rachel had the horse balanced well just off the speed on the fence approching the turn, got off thier heels at the top of the straight and ran on for a nice win.
Race 8 –  MERIMBULA AQUARIUM & WHARF RESTAURANT BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
Daniel Nixon trained his first winner here a few weeks ago with Mandalong Jenny and Andrew Banks teamed up with him again to get the cash. Starting from barrier one Andrew relaxed the horse just behind the speed and eased off thier heels in the straight to come with a well timed run.
Trainer of the day Nick Olive
Rider of the day Aaron Sweeney

August 7th Results Click Here
July 3rd Race Day.
Premierships decided at the Sapphire Coast Turf Club ( Bega Valley )
Another great days winter racing was topped of with premierships going down to the wire. The sun was out with the 18 degree day feeling more like we were coming into spring rather than the depths of winter. A good crowd supported the seven race meeting with the thirty three percent increase in prize-money attracting strong fields. At $20,000 a race in the country there has been no better time to get involved in racing.
Horse of the year; Therese, trained by Barb Joseph & Paul Jones.
Trainer of the year; Barb Joseph & Paul Jones training partnership.
Apprentice of the year; Rachel Hunt
Rider of the year; Rachel Hunt
Race 1 BRADLEY PHOTOGRAPHERS MAIDEN PLATE (1208 METRES) saw MRS WILLY NILLY get the cash, trained by Richard Clarke and ridden by Michael Travers. The four year old mare traveled sweetly back in fourth position and came with a well timed run.
Race 2 MERIMBULA JEWELLERS MAIDEN PLATE (908 METRES) saw the first starter and favorite ANNIE PRU get the money, trained by Aaron Clarke and ridden by Adrian Layt. The two year old filly raced on the speed outside the leader and proved to strong.
Race 3 PAT NEVILLE’S TWOFOLD SECURITY SERVICES BENCHMARK 65 HANDICAP (1408 METRES) saw this years Bega Cup winner GREEN AVENTURINE make an appearance and the Brian Adams trained mare didn’t disappoint. Settled back in the field Michael Travers relaxed the horse and came with a swooping run from second last on the turn to take out the win giving Michael Travers an early double.
Race 4 FACEBOOK.COM/SAPPHIRECOASTTURFCLUB CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1408 METRES) saw PERIZADA trained by Ron Weston & John Nisbet and ridden by John Kissick take out the race. The mare was travelling well behind a hot pace and sprinted nicely when the run appeared.
Race 5 SAPPHIRE WINTER SPRINT (1008 METRES) saw BURRADOO trained by Mick Miladinovic and ridden by Brendan Ward come with a well timed run after racing midfield in a race full of classy sprinters. Brendan Ward had a lap full of horse at the furlong and looked like the winner a long way from home.
Race 6 PAT NEVILLE’S TWOFOLD SECURITY SERVICES BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (1608 METRES) saw the Favorite TOKEN OF LOVE trained by Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones and ridden by apprentice Rachel Hunt. Rachel settled the filly beautifully on the fence midfield and after a cozy run there was plenty in the tank when the gap appeared and the filly went on to win by close to seven lengths.
Race 7 SAPPHIRECOASTTURFCLUB.COM.AU CLASS 3 HANDICAP (1208 METRES) felt like groundhog day with THERESE getting the money trained by Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones and ridden by the in form apprentice Rachel Hunt. It was a case of go to the lead and improve your position as Rachel jumped the mare two length clear straight out of the gates and maintained the gap on the line winning by two lengths giving both trainer and riders a race to race double along with Sapphire Coast Turf Club premierships.
Trainer of the day, Barbara Joseph & Paul Jones
Riders of the day, Rachel Hunt & Michael Travers

Sunday June 12th Jazz Festival Race Day
Ideal winter weather conditions made for a fantastic days racing here at Sapphire. A good crowd gathered to witness another day where the lady riders dominated winning five of the seven races and riding the trifecta in race four. Trainers of the day were the Joseph Jones partnership and Steve Stephens both training doubles and rider of the day went to Rachel Hunt and Kayla Nisbet both riding doubles.
Race 1 – 12:25PM MONARO WOOL SERVICES / SCHUTE BELL BADGERY LUMBY MAIDEN HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
The Victorian visitor Brera trained by Jim Cerchi jumped well and travelled well dictating the race for the apprentice Chris Caserta. Brendan Ward had the favorite within a length approaching the turn but the little mare Brera pulled away for an impressive win. Tipta Tantivy got to the line strong from well back to run second and the favorite Ideal Express stuck on for third. Winning rider Chris Caserta is up with Gai Waterhouse in Sydney and we got a chance to witness the good hands Gai has obviously spotted.
Race 2 – 1:00PM MERIMBULA JAZZ FESTIVAL 2YO & 3YO MAIDEN PLATE (1200 METRES)
Brendan Ward sent the Mat Dale trained favorite Hinchin a Ride straight to the lead and had the three year old filly travelling nice into the straight. Simon Miller eased off their heels approaching the turn and came with a strong run on the Barb Joseph and Paul Jones trained Archies Flat to go on and beat the favorite with Call Me Ruby running third.
Race 3 – 1:35PM MOMSEN MOTORS CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
Brendan Ward was on board his third favorite for the day riding Kingmandu. From barrier two the gelding traveled nicely on the speed with the Barb Joseph Paul Jones second favorite Rock on Zariz back midfield approaching the turn. Rachel Hunt saved ground on the inside and bought Rock on Zariz into the race with a well timed run to fight it out in the straight with Kingmandu gaining the upper hand on the line and gave the Joseph Jones combination a race to race double. Akiko Gold ran a nice race for third.
Race 4 – 2:10PM DIAMONDGRID BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
The Joseph / Jones team came into the fourth hoping for a race to race treble with the handy Therese ridden by the in form Rachel Hunt. Therese bounced right on the speed and looked to have the race won but the big weight obviously tired the horse approaching the line and the lightly weighted outsider Cape Henry ridden by Shelley Walsh and trained by Bernie Connell nailed the mare right on the line. Snippet of Hope ran a nice race for third.
Race 5 – 2:50PM CARPET COURT PAMBULA & BEGA JAZZ FESTIVAL SPRINT (1200 METRES)
Scott Collings saddled up the favorite Ultima Chance and Rachel Hunt was hoping for a double after been narrowly denied in race four. The local trained Brimstone trained by Greg Stephens and ridden by Chris Caserta led and was looking for his seventh win at the track when the favorite chimed in with a well timed run giving Rachel her double. Mineral Deposit ran on strong for third.
Race 6 – 3:26PM CARPET COURT PAMBULA & BEGA JAZZ FESTIVAL CUP (1600 METRES)
The Paul Murray trained Life of Reilly started favorite and was ridden patiently at the rear over the mile. Sigmund set the pace and went across the line in first position for Neil Perryman and Lynda Bundy but took the running of The Delegator half way up the straight and Kayly Nisbet lodged a protest. The stewards didnt take long to reverse the finishing positions and award the race to the Steve Stephens trained The Delegator placing Sigmund second and Life of Reilly running on under the big weight for third.
Race 7 – 4:03PM CAPRI APARTMENTS MERIMBULA BENCHMARK 60 HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
The Kayla Nisbet / Steve Stephens combination struck again in the last race giving both a race to race double. Kayla had Flash Magic travelling strong on the steel approaching the turn as the favorite Better Idea set a solid pace. Kayla said go and Flash Magic exploded going on to win by six lengths. Legal Tender stormed home from the back to run second and the favorite Better Idea stuck on for third.

Sunday May 1st Far South Coast Clubs Race Day.

We woke up early to light winds and an overcast day. As the clouds parted the winds picked up with 70 kmh wind gusts recorded in the local area. The windy conditions didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the race goers that turned up for another fantastic days racing.  It was another day where favored horses dominated with five of the seven races going to horses strong in the market. The big track here at Sapphire tends to give the favored runners every chance to win if they are good enough on the day.

Race 1 – 12:50PM PAMBULA – MERIMBULA GOLF CLUB MAIDEN HANDICAP (900 METRES)
The Luke Pepper trained She Zar was four deep the journey and clearly hung off the track badly on the turn. The apprentice Rachel Hunt did well keeping the horse balanced and She Zar went on to score an impressive win under the circumstances. Princess Tabitha stormed home from the rear to run second and would be worth keeping an eye out for in the future.
Race 2 – 1:27PM MERIMBULA RSL CLUB MAIDEN PLATE (1200 METRES)
The favorite O’Behave settled nicely in the lead and looked to have the race parceled up when Blue Tuscan switched off the leading horses heels and overhauled it on the line.  The Barb Joseph and Paul Jones team saddled up the top weight Blue Tuscan, apprentice Brock Ryan was in the saddle.
Race 3 – 2:05PM SAPPHIRECOASTTURFCLUB.COM.AU SOUTH COAST CUP – BENCHMARK 57 HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
The topweight Changing Notes was going for three in a row but unfortunately had to settle for second as the Tom Little trained Gatto Mondo came with a barnstorming run down the center of the track  from last to score a convincing and well deserved victory with the hard working apprentice Mel Kinny in the saddle.
Race 4 – 2:42PM CLUB BEGA MAIDEN HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
Groundhog day with Tom Little and apprentice Mel Kinny teaming up again for a race to race double with Grasp sneaking away at the top of the straight then extending its lead giving nothing else a chance wining by over three lengths.
Race 5 – 3:19PM BERMAGUI COUNTRY CLUB BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (900 METRES)
The Richard Clarke trained Red Fender looked a picture of health in the parade ring. This mare won a trial at Randwick by three lengths early in the piece and a trial at Moruya by seven lengths so obviously has ability. She produced it under race day conditions with Mick Travers pushing the button in the straight as Red Fender extended for a five lenth victory.
Race 6 – 3:53PM CLUB SAPPHIRE MERIMBULA CLASS 3 HANDICAP (SCALED + 1.5KG) (1200 METRES)
In form apprentice Brock Ryan lined up for a double on the Terry Robinson trained Stratacus, a city placed horse who had recently had a year off through injury. Rushman set a cracking pace and Stratacus came with a well timed run to gather him up and go on for a nice win. Legal Tender came from well back to run into third.
Race 7 – 4:27PM TATHRA BOWLO CLASS 2 PLATE (1400 METRES)
Canberra trainer Garry Kirkup saddled up the favorite Mazurka for Brendan Ward and punters got the cash with a four and a half length victory.
Riders of the day Mel Kinny and Brock Ryan.
Trainer of the day Tom Little.

Friday April 1st Tradies Race Day dished up a fine day and a great days racing.  Local tradies made the short Easter week even shorter with a half day Friday to soak up the sun and mix with workers and mates at the Sapphire Coast Turf Club.The much anticipated unveiling of the new winning post went well with a real Sapphire Coast theme the focus.  Punters went home with their pockets full and bookies with their bags empty after a day when short priced horses dominated the day. 
1  $15,000 MOMSEN MOTORS BEGA MAIDEN PLATE Mdn. Set Weights 1.25 PM  1200 METRES
The Matthew Dale first starter Martini Girl was to good for them in the first. Taken straight to the lead the three year old Snitzel filly looked a class above. Ridden by Brendan Ward  
2   $15,000 SAPPHIRE HARDWARE MITRE 10 MAIDEN HANDICAP 2.05 PM  1400 METRES
Oh So Gorgeous started favorite in the second and didn’t let punters down with John Kissick rating the horse well. As they entered the straight Joun put the pedal down and the Garry Clarke trained filly sprinted clear to win by eight lengths.  
3   $15,000 WES FLEET PAINTING BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP BM55. 2.40 PM  900 METRES The speedy Joe Cleary trained Rimu pinged the gates from the one draw and didnt get any peace, she was challenged by the favorite for most of the race yet she went on to pull away for a nice win with the 2kg apprentice Jason Devrimol on board.   
4   $15,000 TUROSS VILLAGE HARDWARE AND GIFTS CLASS 1 HANDICAP  3.15 PM      1000 METRES
Jason Devrimol came out full of confidence as he jumped aboard the Barb Joseph / Paul Jones trained Therese and rode a confident race camping just off the speed and coming with a strong run in the straight to go on and win by over four lengths. With four races down the fillies and mares had taken half the card.  
5   $15,000 BEGA BOBCATS MAIDEN HANDICAP Mdn. 3.50 PM     1000 METRES
Garry Kirkup was hoping to win the first race today but ran into one to good and had to settle for second. He wasnt going to let that kill his confidence as he legged Tiffany Jeffries up on Volcanic Jester. The odds on favorite loomed up briefly in the straight but Volcanic Jester pulled away for a nice win.  
6   $15,000 CHRIS WALSH & SHANE DAVIS ELECTRICAL BENCHMARK 60 HANDICAP BM60.4.25 PM   1200 METRES
The Peter Afflick trained Yarragee Road has always promised to win a few races and Brendan Ward got the best out of the horse today with a strong win.  
7   $15,000 PLEVEY & SON PTY LTD PLUMBERS & GAS FITTERS BENCHMARK 52 HANDICAP BM52. 5.05 PM 1400 METRES
Debi-Lee Saxton saddled up her last runner today She’s Back, announcing her retirement to concentrate on family matters with her husband Roly Saxton who has been battling heath issues. Shelley Walsh had the mare settled well midfield and came with a strong finishing burst to win easy and give Debi and emotional end to her training career. The tears flowed as Debi told us her first winner and her last winner was here at Sapphire   
8   $15,000 BUILDCERT CONSULTANTS CLASS 2 HANDICAP (SCALED + 1.0KG) Cl2. 5.45 PM  1600 METRES
The two favorites went straight to the front in the last race and dictated terms, the Luke Pepper trained Changing Notes dashed clear in the straight for the apprentice Rachel Hunt. The challengers started to make their moves but the horse had bolted as the well supported Changing Notes sprinted clear.
Trainer of the day goes to Debi-Lee Saxton winning with her last runner
Jockeys of the day are Brendan Ward and Jason Devrimol with doubles.

Merimbula Cup March 4th 2016
All Giving giving all for local owners.
Race 1 – 1:10PM AMELDAS ON MARKET MERIMBULA F&M MAIDEN HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
Mick Travers had the favorite third on the fence traveling beautifully behind a good speed, he switched off their heels at the top of the straight and chimed in with a good run, took the length of the straight for the Richard Clarke Solar Shadow to get there but the three year old filly got the job done.
Race 2 – 1:45PM MERIMBULA TOURISM INC CG&E MAIDEN HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
3kg Claimer Brock Ryan settled the Nick Olive trained Planet Earth midfield before unleashing a well timed run out off the fence in clear running.
Race 3 – 2:20PM EAT MERIMBULA MARCH 13TH MAIDEN PLATE (1600 METRES)
Terry Robinson saddled up Dr Henleigh in the third and the horse enjoyed a nice trail just off the speed, Simon Miller eased the horse to the outside where the horse extended for a nice win.
Race 4 – 2:55PM LES MALEY APPRECIATION BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
3kg Rachel Hunt jumped the Rob Potter trained Supa Vision out right on the speed from the outside gate, balanced the favorite and gave the gelding time to find his feet and position up third with a nice trail coming into the straight. She switched off their heels at the top of the straight and came with a well timed run.
Race 5 – 3:27PM MAGIC MOUNTAIN TREE CLIMB CHALLENGE CLASS 1 HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
The in form Rachel Hunt jumped on the Rob Price trained Autumn Warrior in the fifth and through no fault of the rider was caught deep out of the wide gate, approaching the turn she was four deep but once balanced the horse let down with a strong sprint to win well giving Rachel a double.
Race 6 – 4:10PM MCDONALD’S MERIMBULA AND BEGA BENCHMARK 60 HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
Matt Stephens saddled up New Vouge in the sixth and Mick Travers was hoping he to could ride a double on Merimbula Cup Day. After jumping ok from a wide gate Mick let the horse find its feet and was looking at the entire field as the horse settled into last position. Mick looked like he had a lap full of horse approaching the turn still well back on the fence. Mick spotted a needle eye opening at the furlong and dove through getting New Vouge into the right spot at the right time. Nice Win.
Race 7 – 4:50PM MERIMBULA RSL CLUB MERIMBULA CUP (1600 METRES)
The race we had been waiting for the Merimbula Cup, feature race of the day. The local syndicate of owners were hoping their mare All Giving could win the Bega Cup a few weeks ago but had to settle for second after a barnstorming run from last. Instructions to Brock Ryan would have been clear, settle the horse, make sure shes well balanced and let the pony with the big heart do the rest. The rest is history with the Nick Olive trained All Giving giving all a galloping lesson coming from last at the top of the straight to storm home for a convincing win giving Brock Ryan a double.
Race 8 – 5:30PM SAILS REAL ESTATE CLASS 2 PLATE (1400 METRES)
Aaron Clarke saddled up Striking Lago and legged up Adrian Lewis Layt who won on the lightly raced gelding last start at Moruya. Striking Lago took a while to find his feet and settled towards the rear of the field. Approaching the turn the horse was still well back as Adrian eased him off their heels, balanced him up and came with a well timed run to win by close to four lengths.
Riders of the day. Rachel Hunt, Brock Ryan and Mick Travers all with doubles.
Trainer of the day Nick Olive with a Double.

Bega Cup Weekend
Saturday Feb 6th Click Here
Sunday Feb 7th Click Here
Sapphire Coast Turf Clubs Bega Cup Carnival Delivers.
The two feature races over the weekend gave me a quick reminder of why i love the racing industry so much. Forget the glitz and glamour its the dedication, passion and emotion of lovely people in this great sport. Jenny Hoy slid the saddle over the ten year old veteran and outsider Opoho for the ninety first time on Sunday and led the old boy out to contest one of his toughest assignments of late, the Momsen Motors Bega Sprint. Opoho settled a little worse than midfield and looked quite relaxed in the run. Grant Buckley smoked his pipe and when he ask the old boy to step up at the furlong, he exploded with the turn of foot of an athlete in his prime to take out the feature sprint. Jennys acceptance speech was understandably quite emotional with only a couple of horses in work and having lost her mother only two weeks ago the tears started to flow. Glad i had my sunglasses on to witness a lovely moment in racing here at Sapphire. The next race was the Bega Cheese Bega Cup $35,000 feature race of the carnival and one of the strongest Cups to be contested in the history of the Club. The big names turned up with Bede Murray, Robbie Laing, Rob Price, Nick Olive, Barb Joseph & Paul Jones all saddling up runners in the Cup along with the other smaller top line trainers making up the field of fourteen runners. Brian Adams is a name many in the racing industry wouldn’t recognize but be assured the Berry based son in law of the late Kevin Robinson knows how to train a winner. His horse Green Aventurine settled at the rear of the big field and apprentice Kayla Nisbet had the six year old mare relaxed and travelling, approaching the Bega Cheese sign at the six hundred meter mark Kayla started pinching runs up the rail. As the big field fanned on the turn Kayla stuck tight to the rail, balanced the mare up and after using absolutely no petrol in the run Green Aventurine sprinted clear to take out the Cup. Another emotional presentation with Brians wife Maria accepting the Bega Cup Trophy, a few tears and im pretty sure thoughts of Maria,s dad the late Kevin Robinson flashed through her mind as she accepted the trophy. Not a bad effort to take out the Cup with their one and only horse that lives in the back yard. Riders of the carnival, Brendan Ward three winners & Simon Miller three winners.Trainers of the carnival, Barb Joseph / Paul Jones & Nick Olive both with doubles.

Jan 2nd 2016 Tathra Cup Day Click Here
A massive crowd gathered for what proved to be a great days racing on January 2nd 2016 with Riding honours going to 4kg Apprentice Brock Ryan and Mick Travers with a double for both riders. Trainer of the day was Scott Collings with a double.
A special mention to Brock for his double as he has only ridden three winners to date and is showing all the makings of a top line rider. Brock can be contacted for rides by calling Riders Agent Brad Glendenning on 0408715522.
Race 1 – TATHRA CELLARS LITTLE BOTTLER MAIDEN PLATE 1200 METRES. 4kg Apprentice Brock Ryan started the day off with an early winner for local trainer Bruce Stewart, the handy Princess Alicat jumped straight to the lead and was never in doubt after a well balanced ride.
Race 2 – TATHRA COUNTRY CLUB MAIDEN PLATE 1400 METRES. Shelly Walsh had the Dan Cunningham trained Victorian visitor Missin Molly traveling nicely on the fence back in fourth as they neared the turn, Shelly eased off their heals at the top of the straight and Missin Molly rounded the leaders up to go on with a strong win.
Race 3 – TATHRA BEACH REAL ESTATE CLASS 2 HANDICAP 1000 METRES. 2kg Apprentice Jason Devrimol took advantage of the one gate spearing the Scott Collings trained Veiled Lady straight to the lead, a well balanced ride by Jason giving the horse time to relax mid race.
Race 4 – TATHRA BOWLO TATHRA CUP – BENCHMARK 65 HANDICAP 1000 METRES Chris Strickland saddled up the promising Jungle Edge hoping to make it four from four on the Sapphire Track. 4kg Apprentice was looking down the barrel of his first double if he could get the job done on the favourite. Brock had the horse handy out of the two gate traveling outside the leader and well balanced, at the top of the straight Brock smoked his pipe then as they approached the furlong he said lets go and Jungle Edge careered away for an impressive win.
Race 5 – PACE LOGISTICS BEGA CUP PRELUDE – BENCHMARK 60 HANDICAP 1600 METRES. Mick Travers was on board the Matt Stephens trained Imminent and had the horse in a nice position third on the fence when they settled, he eased off their heels at the top of the straight and came with a well timed run down the outside to get the cash.
Race 6 – TATHRA BEACH HOUSE CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE 1600 METRES Scott Collings saddled up Our Blazing Lady and was hoping Mick Travers winning form would continue to give them both a double for the day. Mick had Our Blazing Lady traveling sweetly in the lead and pinched what proved to be a winning break in the straight despite a strong challenge from Impulse who made good ground from back in the field just failing to nail the winner right on the line.

Boxing Day 2015 Click Here

The track raced as it was presented Saturday with compliments from the stewards and numerous trainers. What has always been a fantastic racing surface the Sapphire Coast Turf Club continues to improve its grass cover which in turn accounts for an even racing surface where all horses get their chance to compete.
Race one was taken out by the Kevin Cassidy trained Woobie, ridden by Mel Kinny.
Race two was won by the Bernie Connell trained Ardimento, Ridden by Shelly Walsh giving the girls an early double.
Race three saw Scotty Pollard get one home for the boys riding the locally trained Domarosa for Greg Stephens.
Race four saw Scotty Pollard secure a race to race double on the impressive Jewel Wonder for Chris Strickland.
Coming into the last he Score was local trainers two, Moruya trainers two, Male riders two, lady riders two.
Race five saw Moruya trainer and jockey combination Bernie Connell and Shelly Walsh getting the nod in a close finish with Cape Henry.
Lady riders stole the show on the day as they quite often do here at Sapphire.
Riders of the day Shelly Walsh and Scotty Pollard.
Trainer of the day Bernie Connell.

Melbourne Cup Race Day Click Here

A bumper crowd turned out for Melbourne Cup Day 2015 here at Sapphire with poor weather either side of the day it was a relief for all involved to see the day go off so successfully. A big thank you to the hard working committee who spend countless hours getting the club ready for race days. A real service to the local community. A reminder to anyone of our members who has the time or feels the urge to become involved with the club to drop us a line. The worst thing that could happen is you could meet some great people and form a friendship. Cheers Rob Tweedie

Two for the Boys Three for the girls.SAPPHIRE COAST MITRE 10 MAIDEN PLATERace one started off with the Speedy Ash n Ell getting the cash for Bob Kimber and gave jockey Troy Phillips an early winner.TANNER SALT ACCOUNTANTS / ARV CARAVANS MAIDEN PLATERace two saw Troy Phillips get an early double with a smart ride on the Frank Cleary trained Tipperrary Jack. WILSONS SIGNS PAMBULA BENCHMARK 50 HANDICAPRace three started the girls day out with Shelley Walsh getting the money for Bernie Connell on Ardimento.

Shelley win should have reminded us all how the ladies have bridged the gap in this previously male dominated industry. We quite often see an equal amount of female jockeys riding here at Sapphire and sometimes more females than males. They certainly know how to get the job done. Top Sydney rider Winona reminded us of that on Bega Cup day 2014 bagging five winners. Michelle Payne’s interview after the great race was a real inspiration and the focus on the feats of her disabled brother Stevie warms the heart. A special mention to the workability boys who we employ to look after this great facility, they are doing a fantastic job. I think as a whole society is heading in the right direction in relation to opportunities for disabled workers. It is certainly a rewarding part of my employment seeing these proud boys turn up each day, they get the job done with a real focus on quality work. G J GARDNER HOMES BENCHMARK 50 HANDICAPRace four saw the girls leave the jockeys room with a spring in their step and a look of determination in Mel Kinnys eyes. The scene was set for a showdown with Shelley eying a double and Mel striving for a winner. Shes Back ridden by Mel and King Tides In ridden by Shelley were head to head at the furlong with both girls throwing everything at their mounts. It was a great spectacle for the large crowd and a photo finish was called. The Debi Lee Saxton trained Shes Back got the nod in for the all girl affair.ROBERT SMITH HOMEMAKERS / SLEEP DOCTOR PAMBULA CLASS 2 PLATE Race five saw Debi and Mel line up again with the speedy Red Hot Tango giving nothing else a chance winning by 2.5 lengths.

Riders of the day Troy Phillips and Mel Kinny with doubles.Trainer of the day Debi Lee Saxton.


Bumper Crowds, Cracking Fields and a spectacular winters day had the punters lining their pockets and the bookmakers staring into empty bags.
The planets very rarely truly align like they did at Sunday’s Eden Cup race meeting. Lets take a look at a few of the contributing factors that make a successful days racing.
Field sizes on the day were great with ninety nine acceptors = tick
Track surface even with a good grass cover on a soft 6 rating, perfect for a winter soil surface = tickRace day sponsorship full with seven races and seven fantastic sponsors filling the sponsors lounge = tickRace day weather fine without a cloud in the sky = tickRace day patrons = tickFavoured horses winning the first four races = tickRace Review Sunday 9th August. Race 1 BEN BOYD SERVICE STATION MAIDEN HANDICAP (900 METRES) started out with the consistent Nick Olive trained favourite Unyielding getting the cash after a string of recent placing’s. Richie Bensley continued his great recent run, Richie was caught three wide out of barrier three with both horses drawn inside him kicking up and keeping him out facing the breeze. Richie kept the horse balanced throughout and that proved the key to a well deserved win. Many riders panic when caught deep and push their mounts where nine times out of ten a balanced relaxed horse races best.Race 2 EDEN FISHERMENS CLUB EDEN CUP (1000 METRES) saw the Joe Cleary trained Quietly Brilliant step out as favourite and Quietly Brilliant he was annihilating his opposition. Apprentice Jason Devrimol settled the horse back towards the rear of the field before hooking off their heels as they straightened and putting the pedal to the metal. Race 3 THE DISABILITY TRUST AND WORKABILITY MAIDEN PLATE (1400 METRES) Tom Little saddled up the favourite Redondo Rock and Scotty Pollard settled the outstanding looking gelding midfield just off the speed before steering the horse into clear running in the straight. The big horse appreciated the roomy track and went on for a convincing win.Race 4 TRUSTING AT TURANGGA FARM BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (900 METRES) saw the local Chris Strickland trained Jungle Edge step out as the fourth favourite of the day to salute. Ridden by Mick Travers the gelding made it three from three at the Sapphire track and travelled well throughout the run switching three wide on the turn into clear running and blowing the opposition away. The winners of this race landed a sensational bonus thanks to Turangga Farm Scone with a 2015 service to the exciting Tale Of The Cat stallion Trusting valued at $11,000. Race 5 GREAT SOUTHERN INN & ESC SUPER CELLARS CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (1600 METRES) with the first four favourites home the poor old bookies were looking into empty bags as Chicka Pearson threw the saddle on Shoulder Charge im sure he would have been hoping the trend continued. Roly Saxton had the big gelding positioned well and came with a well timed run. Scotty Pollard was back worse than midfield on the Tom Wilson trained Little Miss Chelsea and chimed in with an outstanding battle out in the middle of the track to get the bob in on the line winning by the barest of margins and giving Scotty Pollard a double. Race 6 TWOFOLD SECURITY SERVICES BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (1200 METRES) Scotty Pollard walked out with confidence as Richard Clarke legged him up on Coolcat Dance who had one his pervious start by 3.5 lengths at Moruya and it was a case of Deja Vu giving his rivals no chance going on to win by 3.5 lengths yet again.Race 7 EDEN GAS & GEAR BENCHMARK 50 HANDICAP (1400 METRES) Myffy Rae accepted with Bold Reality in races six and 7 and must have decided the 1400 was a suitable race. The in form apprentice Jason Devrimol took Bold reality to the lead early on and as two horses applied a bit of pressure mid race he was happy to keep the horse relaxed and settle in third. As the pace went on Jason smoked his pipe keeping his horse balanced round the turn and the leader in his sights. As they straightened Jason switched off the leaders heels and went for home on Bold Reality. The favourite chased hard but the winning post came a stride to early for the grey Bella Mist.Riders of the day Scotty Pollard with a treble and Jason Devrimol with a double.Cheers Rob Tweedie 


Sapphire Coast Turf Club Race Review. Track Soft 5, Rail out 5m from the 700 to the winning post.With my June meeting wash up i have put together a small piece on track bias. We quite often hear about bias with the inside or outside of a track having a better racing surface, mainly on wet days where you see horses get out off the fence on many tracks looking for better going. We have to keep in mind there is only one winner in each race and the beaten brigade has to look for excuses. This can be in the form of a horse not handling the condition of the track if it it to wet or to dry. It may be the fence has the better racing surface, it may be another faster lane on the track that the riders generally pick up through the day. It can also be pace related with a perceived leader bias track. This is what i believe is one of the most important pieces of the puzzle when it comes to leader bias on a track. The fact is there is no such thing as a leader bias track it is all pace related and is generally shown by the sectional times. We can use race one and eight on out June 7th meeting as an example to get a better understanding. Race one was a sit and steer job for Carly Frater further enhanced by her 3kg claim on a soft track and a reasonably quick last 600m 38.23 seconds, compared to other races on the day. Carly took Nriangi straight to the lead over 1600m, dictated the pace and turned the race into a sit and sprint. This to the average track watcher looks like a leaders day is unfolding. At the other end of the scale we see race eight over 1400m where you would expect the final 600m to be run at a quicker speed than that of the 1600m race. The sectional time for the final 600m was 40.65 seconds or 2.5 seconds slower because they ran quicker in the earlier part of the race. This opens the race up for horses back in the field and guess what the first and second horses were towards the rear of the field in the first part of the race.

Race one CARPET COURT BENCHMARK 60 HANDICAP (1600 METRES) saw the in form Barb Joseph / Paul Jones trained Nriangi spear straight to the front and lead all the way, 3kg claimer Carly Frater balanced the horse and rated it to perfection. The backmarkers simply cant pick up the leaders when they are running similar last sectional 600m in 1600m races than they are in sprint races on the day. The even money Favourite has now strung together three in a row and saw the punters walking away with the cash yet again.Race two STEELINE 2YO & 3YO MAIDEN PLATE (1200 METRES) Chicka Pearson turned out the ex Gai Waterhouse trained Shoulder Charge looking sensational and the equal Favourite ran right up to his looks after missing the start slightly Brendan Ward used the one gate to his advantage kicking up to be travelling fourth 800m from home, the big gelding travelled into third approaching the 600m mark and was travelling smoothly on the bit looking unbeatable even this early in the race. Brendan eased off their heels at the 400m and took the horse out a couple off the fence for a convincing win. Kiss in the Dark stuck on well for third after leading Little Chief and Nagging made good ground down the middle of the track to run into third and fourth. Race three MONARO WOOL SERVICES / SCHUTE BELL BADGERY LUMBY MAIDEN HANDICAP (1400 METRES) saw the favourite Bindon jump well from the three gate and travel just in behind the leaders. Michael Travers switched off their heels at the top of the straight, picked them up at the 200m and wooshed straight past them three horses off the fence for a convincing win. Race four SAPPHIRE COAST BUSLINES CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (1600 METRES) gave Brendan Ward an early double giving Eden Road the favourite a lovely run fourth on the fence for most of the race taking advantage of the 4 gate, he switched off the leaders heels at the top of the straight and steered the favourite to victory giving the backmarkers no chance with quick final sectionals. Race five MERIMBULA JEWELLERS BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (1000 METRES) saw the Victorian visitor Scoring jump quick out of the gates and land in the lead from the nine gate, the inside horses kicked up underneath Roly Saxtons mount and had Roly pressed on he would have been caught in no mans land. These are the races that are won and lost with cool head decisions and the experience of Roly shone through when he eased Scoring out of the early speed battle to settle the horse midfield and let the others set the speed so he could ease out to the centre of the track and come with a well timed run to get the cash. The second horse Hot Scent was held up in the straight and made good ground along with the third horse Outrageous Deal who came from well back down the centre of the track outside the winner.Race six SAUTELLE WHITE LAWYERS CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1200 METRES) saw the Chris Strickland trained local horse and favourite Jungle Edge get the money from the one gate giving Michael Travers a double. Jungle Edge was just to good for his rivals running them off their legs. The other local horse Mister Gibson was a good run coming second after missing the start and the third horse Bella Mist is one to keep an eye on after been a clear last on jumping and last at the top of the straight making good ground. Race seven CARPET COURT JAZZ FESTIVAL CUP (1200 METRES) gave Barb Joseph / Paul Jones a training double and Carly Frater a riding double. Again Carly rated her mount Chasing Charlie well on the speed, the classy horse of the race and favourite was well back in the field and wide approaching the turn. Charlie kicked away on the fence and the 8kg weight difference on a soft track was a little to much for the favourite with five lengths to make up in the straight and a length the margin on the line. Race eight INSURANCE ADVISERNET MERIMBULA BENCHMARK 50 HANDICAP (1400 METRES) saw about eight horses kick up early for a forward position and set the race up for a back marker, the sectional times told the story with Scotty Pollard smoking his pipe back in the field and coming home over the top of them, the second horse The Devils Mark came from well back and most of the back markers were making strong ground down the centre of the track.

Trainer of the Day Barb Joseph / Paul Jones Riders of the Day Carly Frater, Brendan Ward and Michael Travers all Doubles.

Summary, the rail move has been a great idea and the track raced fair with six of the eight races going to favoured runners, three horses won on the fence and the other five were from two to five horses out making ground. Videos are available of each race on Racing NSW Click Here and constructive factual feedback is welcomed.

Next Meeting August 9 2015


Results Monday 30th March Click Here

Punters fill their pockets on Restaurant’s Race Day.
Four favourites and one second favourite got the cash on Restaurant’s Race Day on Monday the 30th of March. The mix was right, you could say the planets aligned with outstanding field sizes, quality horses, riders, a great crowd and a cracker Autumn day.
Race one  ZANZIBAR CAFE MAIDEN HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
Mick Travers took full advantage of the one gate spearing the lightly raced 3yo filly Danz at Tiffanys straight to the front where she was never in doubt extending her leading margin over the last furlong to come away with an impressive win.
Race two CUPPAZ HOME STYLE MEALS MAIDEN PLATE (1200 METRES)
Adrian Layt camped the Mick Miladinovic trained odds on favourite Burradoo on the heels of the speedy Sun Sequalo. Adrian nursed the lightly raced 3yo Zariz gelding round the turn, balanced him at the top of the straight then pushed the button as he eased off the leaders heels to come away for a convincing win.
Race three DUCIS ITALIAN MAIDEN HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
Ex South Australian jockey Chad Lever proved experience is the key when making split second decisions. The Frank Cleary trained By Virtue started from a wide gate and looked like been caught wide when Chad let the 3yo filly stride up outside the leader. The secret was all in the balance and patience Chad showed when caught wide before taking a sneaky peak at the top of the straight. The rest is history with By Virtue going home to an impressive win.
Race four   WHEELERS SEAFOOD BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (900 METRES)
The Danny Williams trained Mr Meow proved he was no pussycat winning the 900 meter scamper. Brendan Ward used the one gate to his advantage taking the speedy son of Happy Giggle to the lead and running his opposition off their legs. Simply to good.
Race five MERIMBULA WHARF BENCHMARK 60 HANDICAP (1200 METRES)
Robbie Brewer settled the Paul Murray trained  Alert Status midfield smoking his pipe till they straightened, he switched 4yo gelding off their heels as they straightened and came with a well timed run down the centre of the roomy Sapphire Coast Turf Club Track.
Race six  VICOLO BENCHMARK 50 HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
Apprentice Claire Gee might have been forgiven for thinking she was having a bad day out after the Rachel Backhouse trained The Devils Mark got a nasty squeeze forcing the 8yo gelding towards the rear of the field after the first furlong. To Claire’s credit she balanced the horse up and made use of the cracking pace shown by Rushman.   The Devils Mark came with an almighty run out off the fence as the leader hit the brick wall with 100 meters to go. For the omen betters  The Devils Mark’s form read 6-6-6, before Mondays win.
Race seven MAL’S PIZZA BITE CLASS 2 HANDICAP (1600 METRES)
The Peter Wiggins trained Basilus proved to strong in the last after some recent strong form the deserved favourite gave Brendan Ward a winning double. Brendan had the gelding jog trotting three wide with cover till they straightened, he eased off their heels and came with a well timed run down the middle of the track.
Rider of the day Brendan Ward with a double.

Results Friday 6th March Click Here


A great weekend of Racing at Sapphire Coast Turf Club ( Bega Valley ).
The Bega Cup capped of two great days of racing with great crowds enjoying great racing. With market stalls on the Saturday along with the jumping castle and Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters there was plenty of action to keep the crowds entertained. The jumping castle and Oyster Crew backed up on the Sunday along with many punters who showed the stamina needed to tackle a two day carnival.
What a fantastic spectacle the Bega Cheese Bega Cup was with the favourite Life of Reilly coming out of the gates a little slow with only two behind him after the first furlong. One of those was the Robert Price trained second favourite Too Hi Tek. Jeff Penza had this quality middle distance horse settled in last position. Darci’s Money took up the running with Baldivino settling well on his outside, at the Bega Cheese sign 600m from home Brenton Avdulla started to stride forward putting his horse within striking distance of the leaders. Brenton had the favourite well balanced coming into the straight and at the 300m pushed the button surging the Bede Murray trained horse to the lead. Too Hi Tek was still back last as they straightened and motored to the line finishing a convincing second. The Luke Pepper trained Zuccerina settled back in the rear half of the field and ran on well for a nice third. A special mention goes out to the Luke Pepper trained Quichang who contested his fifth Bega Cup in a row. Having a win a second and two thirds in the Sapphire Coast Turf Club s feature race hes been a real crowd favorite and it was unusual not to see the old boy in the placings.
The 3kg claiming apprentice Rachel Hunt showed patience in the Better Home Living Town Plate after Roman Alliance was slow out of the gates she settled the horse at the rear of the field after missing the start, coming into the straight Roman Alliance was still last and powered through the field making up many lengths in the straight for a convincing win. Im pretty sure the bookmakers would have went home with empty bags on Cup Day with horses short in the market winning all bar one race. On the big track we quite often see a trend of horses that are far superior to their opposition winning. Many of these horses position up near the speed and simply out class their rivals, quality and confidence are a great ingredient with winners.
Rider of the day Brenton Avdulla with an 11/10 ride to win the Cup. Apprentice Rachel Hunt gets a special mention for her last to first effort in the Town Plate.

Results 1st Feb 2015 Click Here


Results 31st Jan 2015 Click Here 


Results Jan 2nd 2015 Click Here or click the links below for video replays

Race 1, Race 2, Race 3, Race 4, Race 5, Race 6, Race 7


Results Boxing Day 2014 Click Here 


Results August 10th 2014 Click Here or click the links below for a full race replay of each race. Great Feature care of  RacingNSW.

Race 1 – 12:58PM VISIT EDEN MAIDEN HANDICAP (900 METRES)
Race 2 – 1:34PM SPROUT EDEN MAIDEN PLATE (1400 METRES)
Race 3 – 2:10PM LIGHT TO LIGHT WALK EDEN CLASS 1 & MAIDEN PLATE (1600 METRES)
Race 4 – 2:46PM ARV CARAVANS BENCHMARK 72 HANDICAP (1000 METRES)
Race 5 – 3:22PM EDEN MOTOR GROUP BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (1250 METRES)
Race 6 – 3:59PM EDEN FISHERMENS CLUB CUP BENCHMARK 50 HANDICAP (1400 METRES)
Race 7 – 4:37PM KILLER WHALE TRAIL BENCHMARK 52 HANDICAP (900 METRES)

Results July 12th 2014 Click Here 

Saturday 12th July Eden Motor Group Race Day decides Premierships.
We left the best to last. As they moved into the gates for the last race of the season, the Ray Wheatley locally trained horse All Giving looking certain to take out the premiership for horse of the year. All Giving started favorite and looked a picture in the enclosure prior to the race and only had one horse to finish in front of to take out the title. Four Fortyfour was an outsider at 12/1 and was coming back in distance. The locals were cheering at the furlong as All Giving worked strongly into the race. The three year old filly tired near the line as the horse to beat slowly bridged the gap. Heads were bobbing right on the line and Four Fortyfour got the bob in by the narrowest of margins to take the title by the barest of margins, one point. Like they say there’s no certainties in racing. Congratulations to the owners and trainers of both horses for bringing that excitement and emotion to the track. Something that can only be experienced out at the track.

Horse of the year, Four Fortyfour.

Jockey of the year, Bredan Ward.

Apprentice of the year, Winona Costin.

Trainer of the year, Donna Griesdale.


Results June 8th 2014 Click Here 

Results May 4th 2014 Click Here 

Race 1 – 12:56PM CAN ASSIST MAIDEN HANDICAP (900 METRES)

The girl riders got off to a great start at Sapphire as they normally do with Tash Burleigh steering home the John Marzol trained Won’t Be Any Drama in the first. We seem to get a strong showing of girl riders here at Sapphire most meetings but upon closer inspection of the form guide i noted Tash was the lone representative for the girls.

Race 2 – 1:32PM CLUB BEGA/BEGA COUNTRY CLUB MAIDEN PLATE (1250 METRES)

Canberra Trainer Nick Olive produced first starter Nat Bon Abbie in fine style to win the second race. Richard Bensley got the horse home by over a length coming from just behind the speed. I would be guessing this 3yo filly was named after three ladies.

Race 3 – 2:08PM CLUB SAPPHIRE MERIMBULA CLASS 3 HANDICAP (1400 METRES)

The John Law trained Circuit Spirit took out race 3 and was ridden by Kevin Sweeney. This horse was travelling just in behind the speed and looked like the winner 600 meters from home.

Race 4 – 2:44PM BERMAGUI COUNTRY CLUB BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (900 METRES)

The Mat Dale trained Polygraph was simply to nippy over the 900 meters. Brendan Ward jumped the speedy filly straight to the front and the race was never in doubt.

Race 5 – 3:20PM TATHRA BEACH BOWLING CLUB CLASS 2 PLATE (1250 METRES)

4yo stayer Dure was trained to perfection for a first up win by Mick Smith. Pat Murphy had the horse camped just in behind the speed and came with a well timed run to win.

Race 6 – 3:57PM CLUBSNSW SOUTH COAST CUP – BENCHMARK 65 HANDICAP (2200 METRES)

The staying horse St Sully was relaxed back towards the tail of the field by Grant Buckley and came with a well timed run to win by a length on the line. A combination of fitness, extra distance and the roomy track must have agreed with the Donna Grisedale trained horse having no problems at all running out the 2200 meters.

Race 7 – 4:33PM MERIMBULA RSL BENCHMARK 55 HANDICAP (1600 METRES)

Staying horses got the money in the last three races with Mick Smith producing Jimmy Recard first up over 1600 meters giving Mick and Pat Murphy.

Rider of the day Pat Murphy

Trainer of the day Mick Smith


Results Mar 31st 2014 Click Here

Apprentice Boys Dominate.
After some much needed rain in the Bega Valley the clouds parted and turned on a spectacular autumn day for the Sapphire Coast Turf Clubs Restaurant’s Race Day.
Race 1 Wid Ryes Mdn Pte 1200m was taken out by the Thomas Lyttle trained Rush on Black. Apprentice James Innes Jnr started the day off in style giving  the consistent mare her first win.
Race 2 Ducis Italian  Mdn 1000 saw the local horse Mister Gibson trained by Chris Smith get the cash. Great win as the horse was having his first race start carrying the top weight of 59kg. Senior rider James Geppert was the pilot and gave the senior riders what was to be their only winner for the day.
Race 3 Waterfront Cafe Bm 55 900m was taken out by the Jackson Pallot trained Gotta Laugh and was ridden by Apprentice Koby Jennings.
Race 4 Zanzibar Cafe cl 2 1600m saw Rush to Judgement streak away to a convincing win giving the Joseph Ible trained horse two wins at the Sapphire from his last two starts and giving apprentice James Innes Jnr an early double.
Race 5 Vicolo Bm 50 1400m was won by the ten year old Urban Gypsy. Trained and owned By Rob Gillahan and his wife it was quite an emotional win for both the trainer and the rider young Koby Jennings. The win gave Koby a double and re paid the trainer for his early support where he often used Koby when he first started riding.
Race 6 Merimbula Wharf Bm 60 1200m saw another local get up trained by Doug Cole, Brimstone simply out classed his rivals with a strong win. A classy horse on his day with five wins from seven starts on the track you would have to say he loves racing at home. It was a sit and steer job for young James Innes giving James his first treble as a riders and notching up another winner for the apprentice boys.
Race 7 Wheelers Seafood 1400m Mdn saw the Luke Pepper trained Changing Notes get the prise for Apprentice Brodie Loy, Brendan Ward tried hard to get another winner up for the seniors riding the favorite hard over the final furlong but couldn’t quite gain the upper hand on Brodie.
A great days racing with the apprentice boys winning six of the seven races.
Rider of the Day goes to James Innes Jnr with his treble, congratulations James. A special mention also goes out to Koby for his double and hard work he puts in to maintain his weight.

Results Mar 7th 2014 Click Here

The Sapphire Coast Turf Club Merimbula Cup went off without the predicted thunderstorms.
Race 1 the Sapphire Office Services BM 50 1000 was taken out by the Frank Cleary trained Rustle of Silk. Jason Devrimol was stuck in behind horses early in the straight and punters that took the short odds would have been holding their breath till Jason pushed clear and nailed the second favorite right on the wire.Race 2 the Visit Merimbula FM Mdn 1200 went to local trainer Doug Cole and jockey Mick Travers with Heart n Spirit getting a well deserved win.Race 3 the Bar Beach CG Mdn 1200 was taken out by the Rob Potter trained Hosier Lane, Ridden by the in form wonder girl Winona Costin. A strong win at its third only start this horse should win more races. I mentioned in my interview with Winona i had a phone call from a gentleman in Taree asking me if i thought he should invest on her rides at Sapphire. I said i would leave those sort of decisions with him, hope he went with his initial thoughts.Race 4 the Sails Real Estate Merimbula BM 59 1200 went to the Gratz Vella trained Fair Call and was ridden by Brendan Ward. A well timed ride from Brendan winning by a length on the line.Race 5 the Sapphire Coast Regional Airport CL 1 1000 saw Mark Gee and Brodie Loy get the cash with Outrageous Deal winning by two lengths. A well rated ride by the apprentice giving Brodie his last country claiming ride. Congratulations Brodie, many apprentices dont get to fulfill their potential due to many factors. Weight, opportunities, dedication and general life decisions. All have a strong bearing on how far a young rider will progress. Some the rider controls like life choices / dedication and others like weight and opportunities can wear a young rider down. You have the steering wheel Brodie, point it in the right direction and im sure we will see you mixing it with big guns in the city.Race 6 the sapphirecoast.com.au 1600m mdn was taken out by the Joseph Ible trained Rush to Judgement. Ridden a treat by who other than the Sapphires current favorite rider Winona Costin. The members balcony was crowded when Winona returned to the enclosure. This young lady has sure caused a stir in this neck of the woods since riding her five winners on Bega Cup day. Great work Winona we wish you all the best on the big stage, keep your head on, work hard and dont forget us down here when your booting home Group 1’s in the future. Race 7 the Merimbula RSL Club Merimbula Cup 1600m went to the Luke Pepper trained Quichang and was ridden by the up and coming apprentice Jason Devrimol. A well deserved win to an honest horse that tries his best every start. Im sure Luke would love to have a stable full of horses like him. Congratulations to young Jason on his double on the day. Jason has taken out two of our cups this year, the Bega Cup and the Merimbula Cup. In my opinion Jason Devrimol is a rider to keep an eye on as he has all the attributes of a top class jockey in the making. Most importantly Jason seems to have a strong family base that supports him. Ive acted as riders agent for many apprentice riders over the years and most get lost along the way and the biggest tip i can give you Jason is to turn to your family first when making decisions not the hangers on that will appear with your success. Good luck mate.Race 8 The Leigh Hardingham cl 2 1400m was won by the local trained All Giving. Prepared by Ray Wheatley and ridden with a well timed run by Kevin Sweeney this exciting galloper has now won three of its five starts. What i like about this horse is the way it finds the line coming from back in the field. Im thinking this horse will win its fair share of races as it progresses through the grades.Riders of the day Jason Devrimol and Winona Costin.


Results Feb 2nd 2014 Click Here

Results Feb 1st 2014 Click Here 

High Five

Costin and Griesdale High Five.
                                                            twelve months of planning paid off for the Sapphire Coast Turf Club with a great weekend of racing on Saturday the first and Sunday the second of February 2014. Both Days dished up 30 degree temperatures, refreshing north east sea breezes and great racing.
Groups who booked into the sponsors lounge area were visitors from Newcastle, Sydney, Canberra and Wollongong and along with other general admission patrons who travelled to the Sapphire Coast for the inaugural two day Carnival. They got to see this spectacular part of the N.S.W. South Coast at its prime. Many of the trainers, riders and racing staff also made a weekend of it staying in nearby coastal towns. The carnival has proved a winner with many local businesses benefiting from the influx of racegoers for the event.
A six race card Saturday was a great warm up to the weekend with rider of the day Michael Travers and trainer of the day Donna Griesdale both going home with doubles.
The eight race feature day on Sunday started off well for Donna Griesdale giving her the first winner with Know How, making it three for the weekend. The 1.5kg apprentice Winona Costin had a good start to what turned out to be an amazing day. Race two was decided by a photo finish with the apprentice Winona Costin gaining an early double on McGovern who is trained by Tom Wilson. Race three was taken out by the Barb Joseph and Paul Jones team with 2kg Koby Jennings steering Better Idea to victory.  Senior rider Brendan Ward steered the Chicka Pearson trained Flaming Star to win the Sapphire Coast Cup over 2200m giving the senior riders what was to be their only victory for the day in race four. Race five was decided by a photo finish with number six going into the frame, i snuck a look at my form guide and sure enough De Licious Bobbie, trainer Donna Griesdale Rider Winona Costin. Giving Donna a double on day two and Winona a treble. Race six the Town Plate was taken out by the John Marzol trained Grey Drama and ridden by who else but Winona Costin. That was four winners on the Sapphire Coast Turf Clubs feature day, an amazing achievement for anyone let alone an apprentice rider. I notice Winona hold up four fingers as Bradley Photographers madly clicked  away enjoying the atmosphere that only the track can dish up on special days.
It was time for the feature race of the carnival, the Bega Cheese Bega Cup over 1600m. Winona was on the Luke Pepper trained Quichang and pre race talk was strong, the kid will do it again. Quichang had after all ran in the Cup the last three years for a win a second and a third. Money came for Quichang in the ring and the scene was set for what turned out to be a great race. The Mike Petrovic trained Lauries Love proved to strong on the day beating Al Ahmer with Quichang finishing third. 3kg apprentice Jason Devrimol rode the winner giving him the feature race and his biggest success in the saddle so for in what looks to be a bright future.
As they paraded for the final race all eyes were on Donna Griesdale and Winona Costin. Could Winona make it five for the day and give Griesdale five for the two day carnival. As Winona was legged aboard the Exceed and Excel gelding Frankenbeans i couldn’t help but notice how this pint sized baby faced young lady looked so determined and focussed. The last furlong was fought out strong with Brockman looking like the winner till the baby faced Winona ( Ryder ) Costin urged Frankenbeans to dig deep and get there right on the wire.
Winona had just mad history here at the Sapphire riding five winners on Cup day. The crowd packed the members stand and gathered along the parade ring fence to watch Winona dismount. The young lady held her hand open signalling five winners, a feat many riders never achieve in a lifetime.
The Bega Cup two day carnival was over for this year but i cant help but think this is the start of something big.
Trainer of the Carnival Donna Griesdale.
Rider of the Carnival Winona Costin.
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