Fine fillies on track and off at 161st Wallabadah meet

WALLABADAH Jockey Club president Bill Kelly said yesterday’s running of the 161st Wallabadah Cup had more than met his expectations: there was plenty of buzz, but it wasn’t coming from the flies.

“Extremely good,” Mr Kelly said.

“The atmosphere’s great, everyone’s behaving and there are no flies.”

He said they’d had to restock the steak larder because the 1200 people who came through the gates had ploughed through the 46kg of scotch fillet. 

Fashions on the Field was such a tough decision for the three judges in the junior and senior women’s sections that it almost delayed the running of the feature race – the Glen Artney Truck Repairs Wallabadah Cup – at 4.35pm.

The fashion side of the day was supposed to have been wrapped up between the third and fourth races but an exceptional number of 40 women and girls had pushed out the timing somewhat and created a few headaches for the judges.

“We had some brave decisions to make; (the three judges) found it hard,” Mr Kelly said.

“It was a very high standard this year for Fashions on the Field.”

He said there’d been a lot of crimson and pink outfits worn by the women this year.

The senior women’s section was won by Taylor Barnett of Wallabadah, while the senior men’s was won by Robert Carey of Tamworth.

In the junior girls, Rhani Coleman, who would not tell Mr Kelly where she was from, took the honours, while in the junior boys, Ms Barnett’s brother, Cody Barnett, of Wallabadah was adjudged to be most splendid.

Mr Kelly said he was very pleased with the number of people who came to the races.

“It looks pretty good. We were hoping for 1000 and thought maybe we’d get 800,” he said.

He thanked the volunteers – “it wouldn’t be run without the help of the volunteers” – as well as the crowd and the sponsors.

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