Popular spring racing
Even a morning downpour and blustery conditions could not dampen spirits at the Deniliquin Racecourse on Saturday, with spring racing getting its start in Deniliquin thanks to the Deniliquin Caulfield Cup Day Races.
While the sun came out in time for the first race, a slightly cooler than predicted 20°C and wind speeds of up to 33km/h greeted punters.
Deniliquin Race Club president Russell Douglas said while official numbers are yet to be tallied, he said there still seemed to be quite a few people trackside despite the conditions.
‘‘There was a real buzz around the event,’’ he said.
‘‘We were very lucky with everyone turning up on the day. After the front of the storm had passed I have never seen so many people lined up at the gate trying to get in.
‘‘I think by the end of it we had a couple of thousand there. We had various functions including a 21st birthday and a 40th, with many other gatherings held in the numerous marquees.
‘‘We also had a sensational response from our sponsors.’’
Thankfully, the weather did not impact on racing itself, or race-goers gathering to get a glimpse of the Fashions on the Field entrants strutting on the humble stage.
‘‘Racing went really well. It was amazing, we had no safety problems and no accidents throughout the whole day,’’ Mr Douglas said.
‘‘One of our main attractions for the kids on the day was a jumping castle, however, we apologise to families as the wet weather prevented us from blowing it up. Other than that it was great.
‘‘My committee did an absolutely terrific job putting everything together and working as a team. There were no hassles, no problems, and everyone knew exactly what they had to do to make sure everything ran smoothly. And just a big thank you to everyone who helped out.’’
■ Showing early promise in race day style are Under 17s Fashions on the Field competitors (from left) Isla Ho, Grace Andrews, Sarah Hanmer and Jack Murray.