Armidale Jockey Club farewelled 2017 with a hotly contested meet on Tuesday.
Newcastle trainer Paul Perry was the big winner of the day, taking out three races.
He started in the McDonald’s Armidale three-year-old maiden plate when Titus finished half a length in front of Sue Grills’ Kadarchi.
Mark Mason was the next winner of the day when Fiery Eminence beat Bushie’s Crumpet to the line by six lengths over the 1100 metres in the McDonald’s Glen Innes four-year-old and up maiden plate.
Perry had his second in the XXXX Gold Maiden Handicap with The Outcast before George Woodward’s Loud Enough won the De Bortli Wines benchmark 60.
Lonely Orphan was first over the finish line for Lesley Jeffriess in the Iron Jack Crisp Australian Lager Open Handicap.
The Armidale Cup Sunday class 1 handicap brought up Perry’s trifecta when Sausalito crossed ahead of The Lion.
Mishani Stealth finished the McDonald’s Armidale open handicap half a length in front of Youwaitandsee.
Rounding out the day’s winners was Troy O’Neile’s Magic Gracie in the Rapid Clean New England class 3 handicap.