Picnic races set hearts pounding
THE thundering of hooves and the clinking of champagne flutes added up to an atmosphere of excitement at the Goondiwindi Picnic Races on Saturday.
The picnic races drew a huge crowd of more than 2500, with people travelling from far and wide to join in Goondiwindi’s largest social event of the year.
With a record number of horse entries, the five-race program kept the bookmakers and punters busy.
The main race, the Kenway and Clark Brown and Hurley Goondiwindi Picnic Cup Open Handicap, was hotly contested, with seven horses competing for line honours.
Obliviator, ridden by Shane Egan and trained by Jackie Crompton of Toowoomba, came through to win and claim the coveted $3300 in prize money.
The Woods Grain Fashions on the Field was one of the day’s highlights, with a spectacular line-up of stylish winners gracing the stage to share in more than $7000 in prizes.
Donning eye-catching hats and fascinators and in-trend autumn colours, the fashions trackside were a feast for the fashion-savvy.
Trackside marquees were filled with laughter and excitement throughout the day as everyone enjoyed the great food, drink and hospitality on offer.
Live entertainment from Agent 77 was a crowd pleaser as the young and old partied well into the night.
As the night drew to a close, patrons left content with the country hospitality they had enjoyed.
Committee president Geoff Webb thanked all who had contributed to another successful Goondiwindi Picnic Races, especially the sponsors.
“It was a fantastic day and we look forward to seeing everyone back here again on April 16, 2011,” Mr Webb said.
Woods Grain Fashions on the Field Winners:
Peninsular Best Dress Couple – Tamsin and Matt Mahoney
NB Style Best Dressed Classic Lady – Zoe Wilson
Schofields/ RM Williams Best Dressed Classic Man – Justin Vianello
Emiko Best Dressed Young Lady – Bianca Faulke
Coorey’s Best Dressed Young Man – Ben Makim
Coorey’s Millinery Award – Zoe Wilson