Weather doesn’t stop punters as the SsangYong Counties Cup Day returned home

The SsangYong Counties Cup Day returned to Pukekohe Park on Saturday in damp but smart fashion.

Several punters braved the weather and made the most of the competitive racing, stunning ladies and gents on show in the fashions and the live music on course.

The winner of the feature race on the day, the SsangYong Counties Cup, went to the Stephen Marsh-trained Chocante, who was very tough in winning, and ridden by jockey Craig Grylls.

Another winner on the day was local hairdresser Stacey Hanley, who took out the Lone Star Pukekohe Fashion in the Field catwalk competition in a stunning crème dress and gold and pink millinery. Hanley will go on to represent Pukekohe Park at the Viva Prix de Fashion at Ellerslie in March, and took home with her the $500 cash prize along with over $1,000 worth of vouchers.

The 2016 SsangYong Counties Cup Day was the first time the meeting was held back at Pukekohe Park since the renovation of the Course Proper [horse racing track] in 2014 and has since showed it is in perfect condition, racing as a ‘Dead 5’ in wet conditions.  

The next race meeting at Pukekohe Park will be the Christmas at the Races twilight meeting on Wednesday 30th November, with races kicking off just after 2:00pm. So get down to the races after work and enjoy a beer or two, celebrate Christmas and catch some exciting thoroughbred racing!


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