By Donna Jones
Crowds were down, but the temperatures, and the fields were up at the Generosa 100 Club Cup Day on Saturday.
It was a full card of racing and in many cases a full field with no scratchings for the final two races of the day.
Race one saw seven-year-old First Bid romp home under the expert guidance of jockey Gemma Steele, almost five lengths ahead of Zollicon Miss, ridden by Hannah Richardson.
It was an all girl finish with Stephanie Lacy riding My Best Seller a further length behind to take out the third position.
Mountain Courage, ridden by Isabella Teh, left the field in the dust in race two, winning by nine lengths from Solid Asset and Crisscross over 1030m.
Race three, the Qtis Maiden Plate, was a closer contest with only two lengths between winner Silent Weekend and third place All Gain, with Daunting Adventure the bridesmaid in that sandwich.
By the time race four was run at 3.30pm, the mercury was tipping over 30 degrees when the full field of 11 took to the barrier.
The 100 Club Class B Handicap was won, over 1170m, by Champagne Spirit.
True Tally finished three lengths behind with the Barry Gill trained Supalux about two lengths back in third.
The feature race was the Coast and Country Class B Handicap over 1470m.
A short field of only six horses contested the race, which saw the Mark Lewis trained Prestissimo win by a length and a half from Hecanrockme.
The five year old gelding carried jockey Melea Castle across the line with a time of 1 minute 36 seconds despite carrying 55kg.
Second placed Hecanrockme is a Cameron Taylor trained four-year-old gelding, ridden by Jake Molloy on the day and sporting shocking pink and white silks.
Rounding out the winners podium was Russian Missile, ridden by local Louise Dillion and trained by Bob Murray, finishing just two and a half lengths off the pace.