Scone Race Club Meeting @ White Park 21st August 1993
Featured Image: Courtesy of ‘The Way We Were’; A Pictorial History of the Scone District 1901 – 2001 by Anne McMullin, Kath Farrell and Audrey Entwisle; Federation Publication No. 4; Published by Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society Inc. 2001
This was among the last race meetings before closure of the White Park Track in October 1994. We paid tribute to Mrs Grace Fahey who had been a wonderful servant and employee of the Scone Race Club for 20 years. Mrs Fahey was appointed both before and during my tenure as President of the Scone Race Club. She was as reliable as clockwork, as honest as the day is long and forever courteous. I would call her ‘ideal’. I do not recall any absentee request? We provided Mrs Fahey with her own eyrie just inside the main gate into White Park. It was a renovated outside dunny; but there was never any complaint!
The result of the first race could not have been better scripted. A horse ‘Blue Sound’ trained by Tommy Ollerton, ridden by his apprentice son Malcolm and owned by local accountant Keith MacCallum was victorious. It is unlikely this scenario would or could be repeated today? Although prizemoney has escalated exponentially the costs and other expenses associated with racehorse ownership have risen in harmony. In 2020 the vast majority of registered racehorses have a multitude of owners to meet these greatly enhanced fees and charges.