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03 January 2020
Racegoers braved hot conditions for the annual Halls Gap Cup event, a popular feature on the Stawell Racing Club calendar.
Patrons slip-slop-slapped and donned casual racing attire for a summer’s day out.
Stawell trainers Terry and Karina O’Sullivan enjoyed a home-town win, with Boss Coni saluting in the feature event, the 1300-metre Halls Gap Lakeside Cup.
Apprentice Will Price piloted the seven-year-old gelding to a come-from-behind win over Lindsey Smith-trained Royal Performance, with McKenzie Creek trainer Paul Preusker third with Wonderful Riri.
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Former Stawell jockey, Brady Cross, enjoyed his breakthrough win as a trainer in race three, the Halls Gap Hotel Maiden Plate.
Cross, based in Ballarat, enjoyed success with four-year-old mare Lucy Mac courtesy of a strong ride by Jarrod Fry.
Stawell trainer Dane Smith also claimed a win, with Our Dexter impressive in race six, a benchmark-58 handicap.
Wimmera and Grampians racegoers will now turn their attention to the Great Western Cup on Australia Day, January 26.