Mr PURCELL (Western Victoria) — Jumps racing is back — bigger, better and safer than ever. At Ballarat on Sunday last we saw the first all-jumps race program in living memory. The six-race all-jumps program was well supported and capped off the safest and best ever season we have had.
There were two feature races. The J. J. Houlahan championship race was won by Warrnambool-trained Two Hats, which is owned by Dr and Mrs Berry and Dr and Mrs Lucas. They got a huge thrill out of this win, while the owners of the Grand National winner, Wells, include my local federal member, Dan Tehan, Martin Kavanahand Warrnambool Racing Club president Nick Rule. Wells is trained by Craig and Kathleen Durden, who are two of the nicest people in the business. I now look forward to attending the jumps racing awards night, the Mosstrooper evening, on 16 September and helping to celebrate jumps racing. It has had its best season ever and its popularity is growing at an outstanding rate. May it prosper and continue to thrill my local community.