Bell on the ball for races

Stel­lar crowd turnout and great en­ter­tain­ment for an­nual race day

Dalby Herald - - SPORT - Meg Gan­non Meg.Gan­[email protected]­by­her­ald.com.au

BELL Race­course drew a stel­lar turnout for what was a suc­cess­ful race day.

About 1000 peo­ple at­tended on Satur­day, with peo­ple stay­ing well into the night for the night time en­ter­tain­ment.

Bell Rac­ing Club vice-pres­i­dent Kirsten Todd was very pleased with the turnout on the day.

“It was a re­ally suc­cess­ful day,” Ms Todd said.

“We had more peo­ple than last year, and the crowd was fan­tas­tic. The crowd was re­ally well be­haved.”

Be­fore the pro­gram started at 1.30pm, spec­ta­tors got to en­joy a mar­quee bar filled with plenty of drinks and good food, with live mu­sic con­tin­u­ing from the af­ter­noon un­til late.

Kids also en­joyed a free jump­ing cas­tle.

Bell Rac­ing Club pres­i­dent Daryl Ram­say said the suc­cess of the day came down to the crowd en­joy­ing them­selves.

“It’s al­ways en­joy­able see­ing other peo­ple en­joy them­selves,” Mr Ram­say said.

“It was a re­ally nice at­mos­phere.”

The five-race pro­gram brought plenty of suc­cess for spec­ta­tors bet­ting and jock­eys rac­ing. Twelve book­ies at­tended the races to help with the plac­ing of bets.

Dalby-based trainer David Reynolds placed third in race three with his horse Pick of the Pubs, rid­den by his wife, jockey Leeanne McCoy.

The trainer says the best part of the event is al­ways the sense of com­mu­nity felt in the crowd.

“The rac­ing side of things is al­ways good for us,” Mr Reynolds said.

“But what the com­mu­nity do out there is pretty amaz­ing.”

The Fash­ions on the Field were, as al­ways, a high­light of the day.

Ms Todd also co-or­di­nated the Fash­ions on the Field, and was very im­pressed at how the crowd dressed.

“It was prob­a­bly the largest Fash­ions we’ve ever had,” Ms Todd said.

“There was just such a high stan­dard in the fash­ions this year. I know the judges found it re­ally hard to pick win­ners this year. In the con­tem­po­rary sec­tion they had to run the con­tes­tants through twice be­cause the judges couldn’t de­cide on a win­ner.”

One of the spon­sors of the day, AGL, pro­vided $500 for the win­ners in the six cat­e­gories.

PHOTO: MEG GAN­NON

RACE DAY: Bell Race­course hosted the an­nual Race Day on Satur­day and had a great turnout.

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