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2021 Jamestown Cup Recap

After a wet lead in to the race day, the sun was out to support the sold out Jamestown Cup meeting.

Jamestown Racing Club Chairman, Phil Dibben said he was blown away by the support from and for the community.

“The weather was great, which was matched by the racing and the crowd looked great," Dibben said.

“Planning for our 2022 Cup starts now and we hope to emulate this year’s success. 

“It’s a big day and we can’t thank our major sponsors The Railway Hotel Jamestown/Coopers and committee enough for their support.”

Naturally, there was a lot of focus on the Jamestown Cup with the Karen Byrnes-trained Royal Bower hunting for three Cup wins from three starts. After setting the pace early in the race, it wasn’t to be on the day for the mare, ridden by Claudia Lions.

Karen Byrnes said that Royal Bower will now be given a rest after her workload the past month.

The feature race was won by Baldy with Felicity Atkinson in the saddle, in a strong finish beating out Marymount Lass. The Peter Nolan-trained gelding has been in great form this campaign, but has fallen just short of a Cup win in his last two starts.

“It is a massive thrill to come back here and to win the Cup,” Nolan said.

“A big thank you to the committee for their work on putting this day together.”

A hot start to the day for apprentice Ellis Wong who took out the first two races and narrowly missed out on a treble coming in the third.

It was a strong day out for apprentices, with Felicity Atkinson riding a double, winning on Vegan in the last on top of her Cup winning ride on Baldy.

There was also a lot of colour off the track with a strong entrance list across the juniors, male and female categories for the Fashion At The Races event. Keep an eye out for a Q&A with the winner soon.

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