Wet cup day was a win­ner

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

THERE is no doubt that lo­cals, in­deed, most Aus­tralians, will not let any­thing get in their way when it comes to cel­e­brat­ing Mel­bourne Cup Day.

Of­fice sweeps were the or­der of the day in most busi­nesses, maybe a once a year bet at the TAB and for many, an ac­tual day at the lo­cal races to re­ally get into the spirit.

De­spite the first heavy rain for what seems like months, the Wan­garatta races still at­tracted al­most 3000 fans of all ages com­mit­ted to en­joy­ing the fes­tiv­i­ties.

Buck­ets of rain did not de­ter race­go­ers from dress­ing ‘to the nines’ and from all re­ports happy faces were the or­der of the day.

It was a day to also show off the Wan­garatta Turf Club’s new ameni­ties and again they didn’t dis­ap­point the hun­dreds who spent the day there.

Mil­lions of dol­lars have been in­vested in the wan­garatta fa­cil­ity so yes­ter­day’s meet­ing was a big test for all con­cerned.

Of course, there may have been an­other thou­sand or two in at­ten­dance if the weather was fine but you would be hard pressed to find some­one who would have turned off the rain if it was in their power.

Most res­i­dents in the ru­ral city ap­pre­ci­ate how im­por­tant the rain is to our farm­ers and the wider econ­omy and when the farm­ers are smil­ing we’re all smil­ing.

Ob­vi­ously, the rain came too late for some farm­ers and more rain is needed to re­ally ease the pres­sure of a long hot sum­mer ahead when farm dams are al­ready dry, but yes­ter­day was a start.

All in all a fun day out at the races and a good soak­ing for our farm­ers and wa­ter stor­ages makes ev­ery­one a win­ner this cup day.

If only our race se­lec­tions could be as fruit­ful.

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