All smiles for great Gatton Cup
THE Gatton Cup's return to the TAB racing circuit has been judged a resounding success and a great sign of a return to its glory days.
The Gatton Cup meeting yesterday gave people the chance to spend the public holiday at Lockyer Race Club's welcoming racetrack.
The highlight of the day on the track was the $20,000 Mulgowie Hotel Country Queensland Showcase Gatton Cup, run over 2000m.
The race turned out to be a bonanza for the fairer sex, with the only three women jockeys in the race running first, second and third.
Dienekes, ridden by Janette Johnson, won the race from Fifth Column (Skye Bogenhuber) with Sheree Drake filling the placings on outsider Mrs Macular.
New Lockyer Race Club secretary Jane Dalgleish was delighted with the Cup's return to the TAB circuit after 10 years.
"We're very happy with the crowd; it was a great turnout," Ms Dalgleish said.
"It's pretty packed given the rain but that eased off early in the day anyway.
"It looks like it might be the start of getting big crowds again."
She said special guests at the Cup included Racing Queensland chairman Kevin Dixon and State MP Ian Rickuss who presented the Cup to the winning connections and also presented the prizes to the Fashions on the Field winners.
"Most businesses in Gatton came along in the marquee," she said.
"The car park's full and everything went well."
With upgrades to the Toowoomba Turf Club track starting soon, Gatton is set to host four TAB meetings and two non-TAB meetings in the 2013/2014 racing season.
The club hopes the TAB status of the Gatton Cup meeting will be retained.