A silky win

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IT was celebrations all round at this year’s Hobart Cup with the day marking the first cup run on the redeveloped track following the $12.5 million investment by the Tasmanian Government and Tasracing.

Local Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer – the former Minister for Racing – said the redevelopment was a major boost for local thoroughbred racing, as well as jobs for the northern suburbs of Hobart.

“The new track provides a safer and fairer surface for horses and is expected to hold up better in wet conditions,” she said.

“Local businesses and workers were involved in the major reconstructions of the track, while the ongoing operation of the racetrack ensures many jobs for locals on race days.

“I am happy to say the project was delivered on time and well within budget.

“It has meant racing could return to the track on Tasmanian Derby Day, followed by Hobart Cup Day.”

Ms Archer said she was also particularly proud to sponsor the ‘Elise Archer Class 3 Handicap’, a 1,200-metre sprint event with a competitive field of 12 runners.

The race was taken out by five-year-old chestnut gelding Silkstone, who won by a mere half a head while no less than a length covered the first six horses across the line.

The winner was trained by Adam Trinder and ridden by Anthony Darmanin.

The dynamic duo has also been responsible for the feats of champion filly Mystic Journey over the past 12 months.

It was the first race in Tasmania for Silkstone, who previously did all of his racing in Victoria.

“I was thrilled to present the winner’s award and it was yet another fantastic day out for the many thousands who ventured to Elwick for the Hobart Cup,” Ms Archer said.

“While I am no longer Minister for Racing, I will be sure to maintain a strong interest in the local racing industry and its people, as well as the performance of the quality new track at Elwick.”

Caption: Racing manager for Trinder Racing Dale Butters, left, with Liberal Member for Clark Elise Archer.

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