Crowds were welcomed back trackside at Armidale Jockey Club on Saturday for the Barbarians Cox Plate race day.
With COVID restrictions easing and warm weather, punters turned up in force to support the six race TAB2 meet.
Tamworth apprentice Jackson Searle scored a double in the first two races riding, Theresa Stair's Belbaroo to win the 1900m Class 1 and Maiden Plate before guiding the Cody Morgan-trained Our Lil Star to a win in the 1100m Maiden.
Walcha trainer George Woodward claimed the 1400m Maiden with Skipper George before Sue Grills' Fudginit took out the 1100m Benchmark 50 Fillies and Mares.
The Colts, Geldings and Entire equivalent was won by Scone-based Purple Cup.
Jeremy Sylvester's Harry and the Duke won the 1300m Benchmark 50 in front of Paul Grills' Lord Magnussen.
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