Raceday brings punters to town

RACES: Fashions on the Field proved to be a popular competition, with Michelle Reynolds taking home the sash and $500 for Best Dressed on the day.
RACES: Fashions on the Field proved to be a popular competition, with Michelle Reynolds taking home the sash and $500 for Best Dressed on the day.

The streets of Quorn were alive on Saturday with the return of the 2018 Oz Minerals Carrapateena Quorn Cup.

Supported by the local jockey club and a new major sponsor in OZ Minerals, the gates opened to more than 700 people in its 137th year.

Race goers enjoyed live music, bookmakers and on-course tote, as well as food and refreshments and free entertainment for the kids.

Accommodation was fully booked out and the town received a huge boost over the entire weekend, with some hotelier’s going above and beyond to drop punters at the racecourse when they couldn’t fit on the bus.

Taking home the coveted Quorn Cup was outside favourite Quedoutes, trained by Bryan Holtham and ridden by Dean Mc Whinney. 

Local trainer Talia Harrison took home the Challenge Cup for the most successful trainer on the day.

Quorn Jockey Club president Clayton Finlay thanked the new major sponsor Oz Minerals Carrapateena and all other supporters of the event.

Quorn Jockey Club’s Phillip Coulthard attributed to Cup’s success to the hard work of the Club’s members.

“740 odd people came through the gate – that’s without the trainers, the stewards, the committee members, all the 17 and under kids,” Mr Coulthard said.

“The weather was really good and the crowd really enjoyed the day.”

Michelle Reynolds dressed to impress, winning Fashions on the Field and taking home $500 in cash.

Best Dressed Male went to Azzie Coulthard and Best Dressed Local was Leanne Slattery.

Best Millinery went to Mija Reynolds, and Flynn Saxton and Dacie Wright won the junior category.