RACEGOERS did their bit for bushfire relief on Sunday.
All gate takings from the meeting at Greenwattle Racecourse will be donated to the Gippsland Emergency Relief Fund, while a barbecue provided another opportunity to give to people affected by the bushfires.
Bushfire relief will also be a focus of the Sale Turf Club's next meeting, the Sale Quality, on Sunday, February 2.
Sunday's meeting was the Kids Day Out, with free entry and activities for children.
Held under sunny skies, conditions were ideal for racing, with the track upgraded from "good four" to "good three" after race three.
All but one of the winners on the eightrace card was won by horses who stayed back before making their move in the finishing straight.
In race one, the Thank You Bushfire Heroes three-year-old fillies maiden plate over 1210 metres, Megamea, ridden by Ben Allen for Cranbourne trainer Udyta Clarke, won by a length from favourite Seemingly Discreet. Before a 12-week spell, the filly had placings at Benalla and Moe over similar distances.
Punters were rewarded for backing Outrigger, trained by Mark Sues at Cranbourne and ridden by John Robertson, in race two, the 1210m maiden plate. It was Outrigger's first win in 18 starts, and paid $46.60 at the tote.
The five-year-old gelding came off the fence to finish fast down the middle to win by one and three-quarter lengths from favourite Space Cowboy, with Fiveohwon, trained at Sale by Mario Farrugia and ridden by Ben Thompson, third.
Pineapple Girl justified her favouritism in race three, the 2238m maiden plate, winning for jockey Damien Thornton and Flemington trainer Michael Moroney.
The three-year-old filly settled at the back, made her move with 500m to go, and outran Let's Make A Move, trained by Tim Hughes at Pakenham, to win by four and a half lengths.
In race four, the fillies and mares maiden plate over 1623m, favourite Zoulah, ridden by Regan Bayliss and trained by Tony and Calvin McEvoy, won by one and a half lengths from The Cook, ridden by Arron Lynch and trained by Mark Webb.
Race five, the benchmark 64 handicap over 1740m, was won by Tears To Glory, ridden by Brad Rawiller and trained at Ballarat by Patrick Payne.
The four-year-old gelding came slowly out of the gates, but won by almost four lengths from Mr Clarify, trained at Sale by Wayne Walters and ridden by Kate Walters, which led into the straight.
Last Dance, trained at Kilmany by Cliff Murray, finished fourth.
Tears To Glory has two wins and two third placings from his past four starts.
In the sixth race, a benchmark 64 handicap over 1110m, favourite Written Gem, trained by Jason Warren at Mornington and ridden by Clayton Douglas, recorded back-to-back victories after holding off a challenge from Ellehcim, trained by Logan McGill at Mornington.
Mario Farrugia's Coral Rose finished fourth after being at the head of the field.
Stryking Miss, ridden by Jessica Eaton and trained at Mornington by Brett Scott, won race seven, a benchmark 64 handicap over 2238m, from a fast finishing Longclaw, trained by Payne and ridden by Rawiller.
The result of the final race, the benchmark 58 handicap over 1423m, went against the trend of the day, with Champagne Cocktail, trained by Melissa Wells at Mornington and ridden by Matthew Cartwright first to the post having been at the head of the field early.
The eight-year-old mare was coming off a 29-week spell to win from strong finishing favourite Herman's Bells, trained at Moe by Peter Gelagotis with Jason Maskiell in the saddle.