Queensland’s oldest racecourse turns it on for the punters and socialites at the spring carnival
PUNTERS enjoyed stunning weather as they witnessed five heart-stopping races at Queensland’s oldest racecourse.
Ladies dressed to impress and the blokes suited up for Gayndah Jockey Club’s Spring Carnival races.
The social event brings a touch of glamour and one last opportunity to don formal wear before the summer heat cranks up.
Racing was incredibly close, with the third race of the day re- quiring a photo finish to determine the winner when the entire field crossed the line together.
Wakka Wakka elder Yvonne Chapman was beaming as her grandson, jockey Beau Appo, finished first in two of the races.
“It’s the first time I’ve seen him ride,” she said.
“When he saw me he quickened up.”
After his first win Mr Appo celebrated with his family, telling his younger cousin Cain Appo, “that’s how you do it”.
The Fashions of the Field compe- tition was as close as the racing.
Michelle Harris won Best Hat, Craig Fothergill won the Stallion, Kathleen Smith won the Mayors, Amy Hampson won the Fillies, Luke Male won the Colts and Lisa Baker won best Race Colours.
See page 13 for photos.