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SA raider Balf’s Choice take honours in Seymour Cup essay

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October 24, 2017

Punters enjoy the action at the Seymour Cup on Sunday.

Balf’s Choice was not everyone’s pick in the Seymour Cup, but the five-year-old stormed home to win the $150000 race.

The 1600m race attracts some of Victoria’s best trainers and jockeys, but it was South Australian-based Ryan Balfour who completed a smash and grab effort against the likes of Gai Waterhouse, James Cummings and Darren Weir.

Paying $18, Balf’s Choice came from four deep in front of just less than 3000 people to claim the spoils in front of Radipole and Moss ‘n’ Dale.

Seymour Racing Club chief executive Penny Reeve was not only thrilled with the race but how everything panned out on Sunday.

‘‘It was fantastic to see so many people, of course, we would always want more, but nonetheless, I thought it was an excellent day,’’ Reeve said.

‘‘The track raced well and I thought the main race was also pretty exciting with Balf’s Choice winning in the end.’’

The Seymour Cup traditionally takes place a day after the Caulfield Cup and Reeve was adamant that history would continue to repeat itself.

‘‘We have had it on the same day for a number of years now and I don’t see anything changing — it will be again the same day next year,’’ Reeve said.

‘‘If we were to change anything it would be minor operational things, but we are still yet to debrief about the whole event.’’

The cup had traditionally had a bit of an older demographic in the past, but Reeve was delighted to see a number of young folks getting out and enjoying themselves in relatively good conditions.

‘‘We had plenty of young people there on Sunday, the vibe was great and it was just good to see so many people enjoying themselves at the races,’’ Reeve said.

‘‘We were pretty lucky with the weather too, it was a little overcast at first but then it cleared up.’’

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