Nearly three thousand racegoers packed into Bunya Park for the 103rd running of the Dalby Picnic Races on Saturday. The Anzac Day race meet commenced with a flag raising ceremony and a traditional tribute to our service men and women. Dalby Amateur Picnic Race Committee Secretary Deb Nicholls said it was great to see everyone show their respects. “You could of heard a pin drop with almost complete silence after the last post was played. It was lovely that everyone honoured our fallen heroes, ” Ms Nicholls said.
The extended eight race program saw a larger than usual field chasing some of the $70,000 prize money and bonuses up for grabs. Local trainer Matt Kropp had a good day at the track picking up three wins along with a second and a third place. The Dalby Shopping World Fashions on the Field also proved a highlight of the day with huge numbers involved but it was the Best Dressed Gentleman category which proved most popular with a record 55 entries.
After the Fashions on the Field, the BMO Calcutta and the final race was run, attention soon turned to Mick Lindsay who kept the crowd entertained with live music till late. “The day was a huge success and it was great to see so many local and intrastate people support this long running event,” Ms Nicholls said.
Images by Fee Turner | Words by Chelsea Wyatt