Record num­bers en­joy the Thangool Cup

Central Telegraph - - NEWS - Vanessa Jar­rett Vanessa.Jar­rett@cen­tral­tele­graph.com.au

THE 2017 Thangool Cup saw record num­bers be­fore the gates even opened on Satur­day.

Thangool Race Club sec­re­tary Ed­wina Devine said ta­bles and mar­quees were quickly snatched up, with about 1400 book­ings.

“I had been tak­ing book­ings since May,” Ed­wina said. “We were booked ap­prox­i­mately three weeks be­fore the cup.”

Ta­bles and chairs were sourced from around the re­gion and lim­ited the book­ings.

“This was due to all of the ■ Thangool Race Club next race meet­ing: Caulfield Cup, Oc­to­ber 21 ■ Last race meet­ing for the year: De­cem­ber 2

fur­ni­ture we had avail­able,” Ed­wina said.

The Thangool Cup is the big­gest rac­ing event of the year for the Thangool Race Club and one of the big­gest events for the Cal­lide Val­ley.

“We had just un­der 2000 peo­ple through the gate,” Ed­wina said.

Race­go­ers came from all around, with fam­i­lies com­ing back to Biloela and some from nearby towns.

“Most peo­ple are lo­cals or from Monto, Theodore and the like,” Ed­wina said.

Like any event, it all runs on a team of ded­i­cated and hard-work­ing vol­un­teers.

“We have a great com­mit­tee who work re­ally hard in the weeks lead­ing up to the cup, or­gan­is­ing spon­sor­ship and prepar­ing the grounds,” Ed­wina said.

“We could not run the day with­out vol­un­teers. A few of us have taken days off work on the Fri­day to set up.”

Ed­wina said plenty of other lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­mu­nity groups helped run the day by help­ing with food, tick­et­ing, bar and gate en­try.

PHOTO: VANESSA JAR­RETT

THEY’RE OFF: Horses take to the track for race one of the 2017 Thangool Cup.

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