Rockingham’s iconic beach racing carnival was another huge success over the weekend, drawing in thousands to the major city event. This year the annual Channel 7 Rockingham Beach Cup, run by the Rotary Club of Palm Beach, was bolstered by a free two-day community fair. Some familiar faces among the crowd for Sunday’s main event including former Fremantle Dockers star-turned horse trainer Hayden Ballantyne and champion jockey William Pike. A smaller than expected turnout — probably due to the less-than-ideal weather — was on hand to watch Renee Forrest claim her second cup win, this time on Cousin Nicci. Forrest told Channel 7 after the race that winning on the sand was a “good confidence booster” as she works her way back from a seven-month injury layoff. Cup committee chairwoman Donna McDonald said she was delighted with how the event unfolded, including the weather-related late call to bring forward the time of the main race on Sunday’s program. “We were thrilled yesterday; of course waking up to raindrops in the morning was unexpected and seeing the storms up in our northeast was a challenge we weren’t expecting,” she said. “We were delighted that we were able to make a few modifications to our schedule and things went off fabulously. “I was very excited for Renee Forrest, to see her take out the cup for a second time in three years and also an absolute feature having William Pipe race with us this year.” While the rain might have kept a few away this year, Ms McDonald said the community festival was well attended and this year’s Breakthrough Music Festival was a “huge success”. “I am also really delighted with Fashions on the Foreshore; we had lots of locals enter that and some absolutely stunning outfits,” she said. All funds raised by the Cup go to charity, with beneficiaries including the Australian Alzheimer’s Research Foundation, Variety WA and Rotary projects. Ms McDonald gave a special thanks to the 100-plus volunteers that helped run the event on the day.