After the success of the annual Eidsvold Races earlier this month, the town of Gayndah continued to prove that Covid-safe race days are possible with its all-day event held last weekend.
Hundreds of local and traveling horse racing enthusiasts flocked to Queensland’s oldest town on Saturday to attend the event’s five race meet and revel in the springtime sun.
The Gayndah Jockey Club welcomed patrons with new shaded areas, a newly concreted stage for speeches and fashion classes, and a freshly-painted boundary fence and jockeys’ quarters.
Nanango jockey Hannah Richardson (read more on page 64) swept the race day, winning four out of the five races including the Gayndah Cup, with Race 3 going to Dalby rider Leeanne McCoy, who pulled ahead of the pack on mare Konnichiwa to secure the Maiden Plate.
Race day fashion enthusiasts were able to dazzle the crowds and judges at nine Fashions on the Field classes, with the winners of some categories moving on to the finals for the Burnett Regional competitions in Monto next March.
The Gayndah fashions on the field winners were:
Best Dressed Classic Lady: Verelle O’Shanesy
Best Dressed Contemporary Lady: Nicki McClymont
Foursixtwofive Fashion Lady: Beck Pohle
Best Millinery: Danielle Meyer
Best Dressed Stallion: Scott Chapman
Best Dressed Couple: Jan Bulman & Mick McAtee
Best Dressed Colt: Aidan Nercessian
Best Dressed Filly 12 and under: Maddison Barbelar
Best Dressed Filly 13-17: Holly Ahern
The Burnett’s next race day will be in Wondai this coming Saturday, however according to organisers the event will be held without patrons due to coronavirus restrictions.