Have a punt at 117th picnic races
PUNTERS will be off and racing to Allman Park Racecourse tomorrow, when the Warwick Picnic Racing Club hosts its 117th picnic races.
About 300 tickets have been pre-sold and Warwick Picnic Racing Club president Helen Lewis said she was looking forward to a spectacular day.
“Everything’s going really well and we’re expecting to get about 700 people turn up this year,” she said.
“We’re hoping everyone enjoys a good race day.”
In their original format, the picnic races were an opportunity for local farmers to gather and race one another, while other locals would bring picnics and watch from their cars.
Mrs Lewis said Warwick was one of the few places to continue the tradition with a members’ area.
“I don’t know of many that run it in the original version, where the members area is for the farmers who used to supply the horses,” she said.
“We have a members’ stand but I don’t know if the same applies for a lot of other places.
“I know Esk, Goondiwindi and Roma still hold picnic races but can’t think of many other places.”
Despite a chilly weekend forecast, Mrs Lewis said she expected the weather to remain sunny.
“It’d be nice if it was clear like (yesterday) but we’ll have to see how it turns out,” she said.
“I think it will probably be a lovely day though.”
With the possibility of cooler temperatures, Gazebo Fashions owner Michelle Olsen said there was a range of wardrobe options for race-goers.
“These days I think you can wear whatever you like. Pants are always an option for cool days and can be dressed up or down,” she said.
“Others may want to go more casual and wear jeans which would be an option too.”
Mrs Olsen said a hot trend was anything felt.
“There are a lot of lovely felt hats available at the moment in lovely rich colours. They’re very versatile and are also good to keep warm with,” she said.
“But fascinators have still been a popular choice among shoppers and I think a lot of girls will be wearing those (tomorrow) too.”
As with usual autumn and winter trends, Mrs Olsen said the popular colours of choice were becoming darker.
“I think there will be a lot of blacks, greys and purples. They’re very popular at the moment,” she said.
“Whatever the choice of outfit, I would put comfort first – that’s the most important aspect.
“Instead of heels, why not try boots? There are some lovely styles and they’re also a warm choice.”
Gates to the picnic races will open at 12pm and tickets will be on sale from then for $15 or $40 for the members area.
A dress code of coat and tie is required for entry into the members area.
Members tickets are also required to bring their own food and alcohol.
Where: Allman Park Racecourse, Victoria St.
When: Tomorrow (Saturday), gates open at 12pm.
Entry: $15 or $40 for membership area.
Bring: Food, alcohol and chairs optional.