A right royal celebration

Royal Request part-owners Cameron Newnham and Anita Morris at home at Kyneton with the Darwin Cup.

Royal Request part-owners Cameron Newnham and Anita Morris at home at Kyneton with the Darwin Cup.

Royal Request in the lead. Photo: Greg Irvine, Darwin Turf Club

Royal Request in the lead. Photo: Greg Irvine, Darwin Turf Club

Photo: Greg Irvine, Darwin Turf Club

Photo: Greg Irvine, Darwin Turf Club

A victorious Jarrod Todd and Royal Request. Photo: Greg Irvine, Darwin Turf Club

A victorious Jarrod Todd and Royal Request. Photo: Greg Irvine, Darwin Turf Club

Jockey Jarrod Todd and trainer Neil Dyer embrace. Photo: Greg Irvine, Darwin Turf Club

Jockey Jarrod Todd and trainer Neil Dyer embrace. Photo: Greg Irvine, Darwin Turf Club

It was a week of celebrations for Macedon Ranges locals after the Neil Dyer-trained Royal Request took out the $200,000 Darwin Cup at Fannie Bay last Monday.

The seven-year-old overcame carrying the top weight of 61.5kg to storm home in the straight and claim the 2000m feature race by three lengths ahead of Saturday Sorcerer.

Dyer, a Kyneton trainer, was thrilled with the win, his third cup victory at the Darwin Turf Club.

He and jockey Jarrod Todd dedicated the win to good friend and jockey Roger Booth who died after suffering a heart attack following a race on July 1.

Well-known Kyneton local and Royal part-owner Anita Morris was also in Darwin last week to see the race and joined in the celebrations until the early hours of Tuesday morning.

"It was unreal, I just couldn't believe it. It was awesome!" she told the Express.

"We went for drinks upstairs, and then we went to another room for drinks and then we went for a meal.

"I got home at half past two! That was early wasn't it!"

'Nita' was back in Kyneton on Thursday where she was joined by Romsey part-owner Cameron Newnham at the Kyneton racecourse to show off their prized cup.

Mr Newnham didn't make it to Darwin for the race but was in the Romsey pub with 20 mates watching it.

"It all erupted!" he said.

"I'm just looking forward to Royal Request being on the 2018 Darwin Cup Carnival stubby holder!"

Royal Request had three wins from five starts at this year's Darwin carnival, also taking out lead-up races, the Chief Ministers Cup and the Metric Mile.

The owners hope he will be on track for the Kyneton Cup in November.

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