Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Enjoying Day at the Races, Boots and All; Talented A[euro][approximately]tossers' Continue a Fun Bangalow Cup Tradition

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Enjoying Day at the Races, Boots and All; Talented A[euro][approximately]tossers' Continue a Fun Bangalow Cup Tradition

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Byline: Matt Meir Reporter

IF there is one thing that can detract from a day at the races, it's the time between each event.

Watching thoroughbreds thundering down the straight like a freight train is undoubtedly good stuff, but the thundering only happens about every 40 minutes. In between, there is only so much drinking and gambling one can do.

Enter the creative race organisers of yesterday's Bangalow Cup, held at the Ballina racecourse, who produced an ingenious distraction between race four and five a the annual mongrel boot toss.

More than 30 hearty punters took a break from poring over their form guides to line up for a go at tossing the mongrel boot. aStallionsa and quite a few amaresa lined up 10m from a small sponsor's sign lying on the ground.

Into a southerly buster, they tossed the boot in the hope of landing it on the sign.

Touching it was no good a the boot had to come to a stop on the sign.

The high standard of throw required to qualify for the final meant that for most boot tossers, the task proved more difficult than backing the cup trifecta. …

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