Bell on the ball for races
Stellar crowd turnout and great entertainment for annual race day
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.
RACE DAY: Bell Racecourse hosted the annual Race Day on Saturday and had a great turnout.