: The horses parade in the mounting yard prior to the running of the 2019 Ramornie Handicap. Image: Emma Pritchard

2021 Ramornie wrap up

Emma Pritchard|

Close to 1500 racegoers were welcomed through the gates by the Clarence River Jockey Club (CRJC) on July 7 for the Grafton District Services Club Ramornie Handicap race meeting.

Despite a significantly lower crowd attendance compared to previous years due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, CRJC Chairman Graeme Green revealed he was pleased with the figures and happy to see racegoers enjoying themselves during the 2021 July Racing Carnival.

With an eight-race program, plenty of sunshine and a consistently positive racing surface following a track upgrade from a Soft 6 to a Soft 5 during the day, all that was left to do was enjoy a drink, pull out the form guide and pick a winner, which was extremely easy for the punters.

Short-priced favourites won four of the eight races with the other winners also firmly in the market.

Visiting jockeys and trainers praised the CRJC for hosting a spectacular country race day, with many declaring they were looking forward to returning to Grafton for the 2022 July Racing Carnival.

Murwillumbah trainer Matthew Dunn, who won the first race on the program with his four-year-old Redoute’s Choice gelding Divine Eleven, said it was the premier country racing carnival on the calendar, and one which he will continue to support.