ALTHOUGH many may have been turned off the Quirindi Cup due to impending rain, the day went off without a drop of rain and the racing was hot.
Quirindi Jockey Club president Jeff Galbraith said the crowd was rather disappointing, with many uncertain about the weather, but the racing on the day was fantastic.
“We were probably down 200-300 on what we expected because we normally get around the 400-500 mark,” he said.
“A lot was due to the weather because people thought it was going to pour rain. We had a
fantastic response from the visitors, with most of the people here coming back year after year.”
Cup day is not just about the racing, though, with fashions playing a big part.
“The fashions were spectacular,” Mr Galbraith said.
“The female fashions were very classy.”
Mr Galbraith said feedback from the races each year was that the committee did a good job and the facilities encouraged them back.
“We try to provide a good day for everyone there,” he said.
The races were also a plus for the town.
“It brings a lot of visitors to town, all spending money here because they come for two nights,” he said.
“They visit local clothing shops and buy things while they’re here. The hospitality places benefit from them big time.”
Mr Galbraith said many of the visitors travelled from Sydney, the Newcastle area and the Central Coast to attend and this year even had people from Port Macquarie.