IT was a huge weekend locally, with the running of the Sale Cup and the Maffra Show.
French import Mouro claimed victory in Sunday’s Sale Cup.
Mouro, ridden by Caulfield Cup winning jockey Nicholas Hall and trained by Tony McEvoy, won the cup from Mutual Trust, ridden by Nash Rawiller, and favourite Rhythm To Spare, ridden by Cox Plate winning rider Chad Schofoeld.
It was a glorious day for the Sale Cup, with 5484 people turning out to enjoy the races, the fashions and the fashion victims.
The early sign of clouds didn’t deter people and Sale turned on an excellent spring day.
For the most part, police were extremely happy with the behaviour of race goers with only one incident, occurring in one of the car parks, resulting in an arrest.
According to police, a parking marshal was knocked down by a car following a verbal altercation with a race goer in which he was refused entry to a restricted area about 2pm.
The marshal was taken to Central Gippsland Health Service, Sale, for observation.
He had no obvious injuries.
A 31-year-old Melbourne man was arrested for assault but no formal charges have been laid, as police continue interviews.
Acting senior sergeant Tony Goodsell, who attended the cup, described it as a “well run and overall peaceful event”.
Of the about 600 breath tests conducted on the day, only one person had an alcohol reading above 0.05, a 55-year-old Newry man blowing 0.114.
“Overall very few positive readings indicated drivers acted responsibly, with many of those driving not drinking at all,” acting Sen-Sgt Goodsell said.
He added almost 50 drug tests were conducted by police, and there were no positive results.
“It was a well run event,” Sen-Sgt Goodsell said.
“The police didn’t have any issue in terms of crowd behaviour.”
Saturday’s Maffra Show has also been hailed a success, with organisers saying they were delighted.
Entries were strong in all sections, and Maffra and District Show Committee president Tim Dwyer said the show gate takings were at a record, showing a good increase in crowd numbers.
“We were delighted with the day and received great feedback,” he said.
As well as strong entries, patrons enjoyed a range of entertainment.
“The food and wine court was abuzz with music, poetry and camp oven cooking, as well as a huge range of food,” Mr Dwyer said.
“The Animal Wrangler provided great shows throughout the day and pet parades, Tiny Tots and the Eco Challenge drew strong interest.”
A range of old machinery created interest in the grand parade, including a 100-year-old reaper and binder in operation.
“The night carnival was a huge success, with the Gator challenge being won by Brown and Wigg, as well as the human tractor pull and Australian champion motor bike stunt riders the Coleman Brothers,” Mr Dwyer said.
“The dog high jump was great entertainment and we celebrated 125 years with a huge fire works display at the end.”
“Our show only happens as a result of many thousands of volunteer hours from hundreds of people.
“It is a credit to those many people.”