They're off and racing in sunshine
THERE were anxious glances up to the sky and plenty of crossed fingers on Friday night and Saturday morning.
But Warwick Turf Club vice-president Garry Adcock was able to let out a huge sigh of relief as Allman Park was bathed in beautiful sunshine, enabling it to host its first meeting in more than six months on Saturday.
“We're happy to be racing,” he said.
“This is only our second meeting in 12 months. It's just pleasing to be back on course.
“The track has never been better and our industry participants have been fully supportive.”
Last month rain put a dampener on the Killarney Cup meet on March 19.
Normally there are seven race meetings a year at Allman Park.
It is hoped Saturday's meeting will end the dry spell for the turf club after several events, including the bumper Boxing Day Races, had to be cancelled due to the floods and wet weather.
Next month the annual Picnic Races will be sure to draw a crowd and another meeting is planned for a couple of weeks after that.
The other good news for the club is that funding to help them fix the sand training track, which has been out of action since the floods, has come through.
Mr Adcock said it would be just a matter of weeks before the track was up and running.
“The trainers have been travelling to Toowoomba and elsewhere, so it will be good to get the track back in working order.
“The track itself is in great shape. It's as good a course as anywhere in country Queensland and even as good as some of the city tracks.”
For bride-to-be Sheryl Windle and her fiance Greg McDonald the race meeting was the perfect opportunity to celebrate their last weekend of unmarried life.
The couple held their buck and hen parties at Allman Park and will tie the knot this weekend.