Bradfield wins Warwick Cup
BRADFIELD took home the $20,000 prizemoney while thousands of punters braved the weather for the 150th running of the Warwick Cup on Saturday.
The visitor ensured the Warwick Cup would head over the border to New South Wales after he won the $20,000 Allman Park feature.
Bradfield completed a successful first visit to Allman Park for Ballina trainer Danny Bowen when he arrived in the final strides to score a head victory over Coffs Harbour visitor Rage And Rave ($3.20 fav).
While Bradfield took home the main prize, the rain also failed to dampen the spirit of punters.
Warwick Cup co-ordinator Warwick Fraser said attendance was down due to the wet weather, but it was a result he expected.
Many punters, however, weren't scared off by the weather and turned out in force to support one of country racing's big events.
"Crowds were down on last year, but that's what we expected," Mr Fraser said.
Many attendees took refuge from the rain in the marquee or undercover.
This year's Warwick Cup saw the race beat the Melbourne Cup to it's 150th anniversary.
"We beat the Melbourne Cup by a month. Everyone talks about the race that stops the nation but we like to think that we've got a stronger and longer tradition in racing than the big guys," Mr Fraser said.
The race wasn't the only thing to be enjoyed at the Warwick Cup though, Fashions on the Field went on despite the drizzle.
The competition featured local ladies heavily and though it started outdoors was moved into the marquee.