FACES AT THE RACES

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THE Au­gathella Easter Races proved pop­u­lar on Mon­day, with guests trav­el­ling from across the south­west to catch a slice of the out­back ac­tion.

Au­gathella race club pres­i­dent John Mckay said the event had run with­out a hitch and had at­tracted one of the big­gest crowds in re­cent mem­o­ries.

“We es­ti­mate that there was a turn out of be­tween 500 to 600 peo­ple, which is one of the big­gest crowds I’ve seen,” Mr Mckay said.

“With the races and the rodeo com­bined, I’d say the Easter week­end is one of the big­gest events on the Au­gathella so­cial cal­en­dar.

“Last year the races were held at the end of the school hol­i­days and I think peo­ple would have been get­ting their kids ready to go back to school.

“This year, the races were held at the be­gin­ning of the school hol­i­days and we had a much larger crowd.

“It was a good group of peo­ple and it was the best I’ve ever seen the track.

“We’ve re­cently fin­ished ren­o­va­tions and up­grades on the fa­cil­i­ties, there are two new shade cloths and we’ve had ex­clu­sion fenc­ing do­nated to keep the kan­ga­roos out and the pun­ters in.”

Mr Mckay said guests trav­elled from as far as Syd­ney, Bris­bane and Toowoomba for the race day, with a num­ber of buses trans­port­ing guests in from Charleville.

He thanked the ground staff team for their ef­fort in pre­par­ing the track for the event.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

RAC­ING READY: Sarah Tay­lor, Court­ney Bylett, Wally Kear­nan, Kate Kear­nan and Garry Wash­brook.

Hanny Car­roll and Fred Good­man.

Sarah Blythe and Lau­ren Brennan.

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