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Kilmore Cup at Seymour

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By ‘Pegs’

KILMORE Racing Club will host its 2019 listed Kilmore Cup at Seymour racecourse on Sunday.

The club hasn’t raced on its home track since the 2018 Kilmore Cup in November due to extensive track works including widening of the home straight.

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Club chief executive Ben Murphy and his team are going all out to make this year’s cup a big one.

Buses will be used to shuttle members, free of charge, and patrons, at a cost $5, between both tracks.

Shuttle buses will also pick up patrons from the Seymour station connecting with the V/line services.

“The ever-popular Kelly Sports will again entertain the kiddies, while the off the track highlight will be the Georgina and Co Fashions on the Field with more than $10,000 in cash and prizes to be won,” Murphy said.

“The winners of the best dressed lady, local lady and gent compete on the day for the Mitchell Shire lady and gent of the day against the winners from last month’s Seymour Cup Day.”

For bookings for bus reservations or dining/marquee packages, ring Kilmore Racing Club on 5783 0702.

One better for Torgensen?

Kyneton trainer Michael Jones hopes his newly-acquired Torgersen can go one better in this year’s running of the $150,000 Listed Kilmore Turf Cup, over 1600 metres.

Formerly trained by Sydney horseman Chris Waller, the then six-year-old New Zealand-bred Pins gelding was runner-up to the Tony McEvoy gelding Manuel in last year’s cup race.

Jones purchased the gelding three months ago from the previous owners, which included pokie guru Bruce Mathieson, PFD Foods executive chairman Rick Smith and Winx’s part-owner Peter Tye.

The new ownership includes Kyneton and Hanging Rock Racing Club manager Jon Dight and a host of district residents.

“They’re a great bunch of owners and they will all get a big thrill if Torgersen can go one better in this year’s cup,” Jones said.

“He’s a beautiful horse to do anything with and very sound.”

Torgersen has had one run for Jones – a creditable fifth placing in the $82,000 China Bowl last Sunday week.

The gelding has won six races with 12 minor placings from his 47 starts earning $572,850 in prizemoney.

Remembering Ricky

Family and friends of the late Ricky Thompson will again gather at Kilmore Turf Cup meeting at Seymour on Sunday to remember the loveable former picnic rider and thoroughbred trainer who was tragically killed in a car accident 12 years ago.

The Ricky Thompson Memorial has been run each year since his passing.

The Thompson family donates trophies to the winning owners, trainer and jockey and also entertain friends and family in a marquee for the duration of the race day.

For enquiries call Jody Thompson on 0422 291 422.

HOOFNOTE: The last time Kilmore Racing Club ran its turf cup away from home was in 1983 when the cup was run at Geelong due to track renovations at Kilmore. The winner was the Colin Hayes-trained Come To London, ridden by stable jockey Michael Clarke.

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