Splash the Cash Wins Silver City Cup

Faith Lehman, Joanna Gall and Dianne Bennett. PICTURE: NOEL FISHER
By Stuart Kavanagh

Despite tricky weather conditions that blighted a lot of the Broken Hill region this past weekend, the rain managed to stay away from the Broken Hill Racecourse for the triumphant return of the Siver City Cup.

There was some slight concern at the start of the day, with storm clouds looming. Officials held back the start of proceedings by about an hour, but the event went ahead and was a huge success.

Race five was the big one – the Silver City Cup. And if you followed the Barrier Truth’s admittedly amateur race tips from our last edition, you would have been one happy punter as Splash the Cash was

Bookie Michael Byrne and Michael O’Sullivan. PICTURE: NOEL FISHER

first past the post, winning its first Silver City Cup. Trained by David Page and jockeyed by Murray Henderson, it paid handsome dividends at 7/1.

Elsewhere it was a huge day for trainer Nathan Hobson as he picked up the first four wins on the race card. In race one Pill Box finished first with jockey Robert Beattie in the saddle.

Hobson and Beattie would combine for wins in races three and four as well, with Toojay and Humpback the horses to take the chocolates in those races.

Race two was also a winner for Hobson and his posse as ‘Fighting Sheriff’ was first past the post after an expert ride from jockey Felicity Atkinson.

Nathan Hobson has plenty of success in Broken Hill, winning both the Silver City Cup and the St Pats Cup in the past. He told us he loves his time in the Silver City.

“We’ve always had a bit of luck in Broken Hill. Love getting up there, and we’ll be back up there, for sure,” Mr. Hobson said, adding, “I’d like to thank all the sponsors and the club for putting on the meet for making it all possible, it was a really enjoyable day.”

Race six, the 1600m Southern Cross Austereo Class 2 Handicap was won by Spy Colonel who beat home odds-on favourite Southern Magnolia with Jade Doyle in the saddle.


Silver City Cup gallops back

By Noel Fisher

It’s been a long wait for locals since the last Silver City Cup – Covid saw to that – but at long last the iconic meet was held this last weekend.

Angela Olsen, Most Elegant Lady. PICTURE: NOEL FISHER

A good crowd welcomed the event and it wasn’t only the excitement on the track that people were looking forward to.

Broken Hill councillor David Gallagher, who also sits on the Silver City Cup Committee, said the day was a great success.

“We were happy with the roll-up, despite the unpredictable weather conditions.

“Everyone that I could see was having a great time and next year we will aim for a bigger and better event.

“I really want to thank all the sponsors and the community for making it such a great event,” Mr Gallagher said.

The ever-popular favourite, Fashions on the Field also returned.

Judges Faith Lehman, Joanna Gall and Dianne Bennett had their work cut out for them as they worked through the heats to find those making the final cut.

Sarah McCarthur, Miss Teen. PICTURE: NOEL FISHER

The winners are:

Miss Teen Sarah McCarthur
Trendiest Chick Kate Graham
Best Dressed Gent Ryan Davis
Most Elegant Lady Angela Olsen

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