Picnic race day proves a success
ORGANISERS of the Torbanlea Picnic Races were counting their blessings yesterday.
“Saturday's races went amazingly well considering the weather the night before,” spokesperson Edith Rutherford said.
“We were blessed to wake up and still have enough time to repair and rebuild before the start of racing at 10am. The boys were working from 4.30am.”
Gale force winds overnight had torn down marquees erected the night before and 30mm of rain left the ground boggy.
“The weather bureau predicted a storm front would come through Friday night and that's exactly what happened.
“Some people came out expecting to see total obliteration and were surprised to see everything back on track. We were incredibly fortunate.”
The weather may have turned some potential race-goers away, however, as gate numbers, while up an estimated 10 per cent on last year's event, were not as high as expected.
Ms Rutherford said it was fantastic to see the high number of young people getting into the swing of things, dressing up as they would for a “real” (as opposed to bush picnic) race day.
She also said racing went “extremely well”, particularly with horses from Duckinwilla, west of Torbanlea, winning some races.
“It's great to see local horses were able to compete well against those from Bundaberg to the Darling Downs.
“Also, given that this was the first year of having a corporate area and given the hiccups with the weather, by and large all corporate guests congratulated race organisers and indicated they would be back next year.”