On track to break record
WITH official figures being tallied today, the Warwick Turf Club is “looking down the barrel” of the biggest race meeting in recent history at Allman Park.
Thousands of people flooded through the gates on Saturday for the 149th Warwick Cup and turf club committee member Warwick Fraser, who has led a revitalisation of the prestigious race day, said talk was records had been broken.
“It was an outstanding success. We were really pleased and we're looking down the barrel of a record crowd,” he said.
“It was so satisfying to see the hard work has paid off; I've really got to say thanks to the Warwick Credit Union.
“Already people walking out the gates (on Saturday) were saying 'how do we book tickets for next year?'.
“There were a lot of people at the Cup who haven't been in a long time.
“The real success was the marquee - we haven't had one like that ever, the big one sat 550 people and the atmosphere was excellent.”
Mr Fraser attributed much of the success of this year's Warwick Cup to two key areas - targeted marketing of the Brisbane public and having Queensland Firebirds netballer Laura Geitz as the face of the Cup.
“The real problem was to get a face for the Cup and it's really hard to put a value on Laura's involvement but I think that gave it a professional finish,” he said.
“When I moved back to Warwick a couple of years ago, I knew we had a great event but we just needed to let people know about it.”
Meanwhile, a Warwick Police spokesman said revellers at the Warwick Cup whopartied on into the night were generally well behaved, with only minordisturbances reported. Police conducted regular patrols past AllmanPark and pubs well into the night.