Kempsey Cup 2017 claimed by Lippy and Pearls

It was a thrilling end to the 2017 Akubra Kempsey Cup as Lippy and Pearls edged out Explosive Scene in a battle for the prestigious prize.

Lippy and Pearls was one of the outsiders heading into the race and to make matters worse owner and trainer Ross Owens was forced into a jockey change.

Matthew Paget suffered an injury in a ride earlier in the day and jockey Serge Lisnyy stepped up for the ride.

Read more: All the action from the 2017 Kempsey Cup

The late change didn’t impact the horse as it proved the quickest on the home straight.

Owens, who is a resident of Taree, was surprised to see his horse first past the post.

“I didn’t think it was going to win it, but I am glad it did,” Owens told the Argus.

“I couldn’t get it into anywhere else so I entered it here.”

It was a wise decision from Owens as his horse picked up its most prestigious career victory.

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Kempsey Race Club president John Graham said the day was a huge success and claimed it was a new attendance record.

“We don’t have the final figures but I have been here for 40 years and this is the most people i’ve ever seen,” Graham said.

“It’s been a great day. The cup is good for Kempsey and good for the Macleay.”

The final top three placings were Lippy and Pearls first, Explosive Scene second and Present Sense third.

Read more: All the results from today’s Kempsey Cup action.