Pop­u­lar spring rac­ing

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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