Action, glamour fuse on NWJC Ladies’ Day

Alicia PereraPilbara News
Gone and Got It, ridden by jockey Shelby Colgate, finishes first in the Harding Cup race, followed by Yousha Diva and Correspondent.
Camera IconGone and Got It, ridden by jockey Shelby Colgate, finishes first in the Harding Cup race, followed by Yousha Diva and Correspondent. Credit: Pilbara News, Alicia Perera

Competition was intense both on and off the track at the Nor West Jockey Club Ladies’ Day on Saturday as racehorses went head-to-head for prize money over six races and punters dressed to impress.

About 580 punters flocked to the club’s second race meet for the year and its first major event, along with the upcoming Roebourne Cup, to be part of the celebration of racing and style which is one of the key events on the Pilbara social calendar.

The Ladies’ Day feature race, the Harding Cup, was taken out by Gone and Got It, ridden by apprentice jockey Shelby Colgate and trained by owner Tom Pike.

Gone and Got It owner and trainer Tom Pike, centre, and jockey Shelby Colgate, right, accept the Harding Cup with City of Karratha sponsor representative Joanne Waterstrom-Muller, Jade Pike, 12, and Chloe Godden, 8.
Camera IconGone and Got It owner and trainer Tom Pike, centre, and jockey Shelby Colgate, right, accept the Harding Cup with City of Karratha sponsor representative Joanne Waterstrom-Muller, Jade Pike, 12, and Chloe Godden, 8. Credit: Pilbara News, Alicia Perera

Rounding out the top four were Yousha Diva, Correspondent and Casino Gleam.

Opening the day’s racing earlier in the afternoon was the 1100m maiden race which was won by Amusium Balloti in a close finish over Dalia and Over the Shoulder.

Hashtag Lad was the winner of the 1100m handicap and Deday streaked ahead of the pack to claim victory in third race the 1600m handicap.

Hashtag Lad, ridden by jockey Shelby Colgate, finishes first in race two the 1100m handicap, followed by Incoherent and King Cool.
Camera IconHashtag Lad, ridden by jockey Shelby Colgate, finishes first in race two the 1100m handicap, followed by Incoherent and King Cool. Credit: Pilbara News, Alicia Perera

In race four, the 1200m bracelet, Perazzi came from behind to take top honours while Boys Getaround Him finished first in the day’s final 1800m Pilbara handicap.

Perazzi, ridden by jockey Peta Edwards, overtakes the competition to claim first place in race four, the 1200m bracelet.
Camera IconPerazzi, ridden by jockey Peta Edwards, overtakes the competition to claim first place in race four, the 1200m bracelet. Credit: Pilbara News, Alicia Perera

NWJC secretary Leanne Mott said a stand-out performer had been Colgate who had won race two on Hashtag Lad before riding Gone And Got It home to victory in the day’s feature race, the Harding Cup.

She thanked the day’s sponsors and said she was pleased with the close and competitive racing and lively atmosphere at the meet which “celebrates the fusion of horse racing and glamour in the unique Pilbara setting”.

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