Weather Gods To Smile On Tony Campbell Memorial Cup Day

 Fine weather and 23 degrees are forecast for Friday’s much anticipated Student’s Race Day and Tony Campbell Memorial Cup at Canberra’s Thoroughbred Park.

The day celebrates the life of the much loved Tony Campbell who was associated with the Canberra race club for 29 years before losing his battle with cancer in 2006.

Tony performed a range of roles from Nomination Clerk to Master of Ceremonies, but was best known as the voice of Canberra racing — calling the Capital’s racing for 26 years.

He called 25 consecutive Black Opals and many will remember his thrilling call of the 1992 Black Opal won by his friend Frank Cleary’s Clan O’Sullivan — the first locally-trained winner of Canberra’s premier event. 

Tony was also well known as an MC and entertainer at various nursing homes in the Canberra region.

Friday’s meeting is free to the public, with Fashions On The Field competitions for both men and women with registrations taken between 12.30pm - 2.30pm.

Hundreds of Canberra’s tertiary students are expected to take time out from exams and avail themselves of bar specials and entertainment provided on and off the track.

ACTION Routes 56, 57 and 58 will be diverted down to Thoroughbred Park, and the Red Rapid 200 series will stop at the corner of Flemington and Randwick Roads. 

There is a strong list of nominations including the feature Tony Campbell Memorial Cup  (1400m) with former Hong Kong galloper Overdane down to resume for the Barbara Joseph-Paul Jones stable.

The eight race programme kicks off at 1.20.