BRIGHT frocks and smart suits were donned all the more enthusiastically on Saturday as the area was blessed with another perfect day for the 2013 Bombala Races.
Locals could scarcely believe their luck as they donned hats and heels for their third sunny country race meet in three years, with a big crowd swarming in the gates to make the most of the day.
The Bombala and District Jockey Club was thrilled with the positive response to this year’s event, estimating numbers at approximately 800 people, around the same as 2012’s extremely successful races.
Whether they relaxed in style within the marquee, or mingled between the bar, the bookies and the track, spirits were high amongst racegoers, with recent venue additions such as the big screen again proving popular.
Of course it was perfect conditions for really glamming up this year, and this led to an impressive Fashions of the Field which was once again generously sponsored by Joseph & Jones Racing.
Taking the glory for the juniors were Bert Telford and Danika Alcock for the 7 Years and Under, while Alyssa and Noah Mills took out the 8 to 15 Years categories.
Maree Ingram was the popular victor of the 16 to 30 Years Ladies, with Jas Friedrichs being voted the best in this category for the Men.
Finally it was Linda Robertson winning the Ladies 30 Years and Over, while the Best Dressed Couple of the day were Abbey Ingram and Jake Collins.
Naturally the main action of the day was to be found out on the racecourse, however, with six exciting local races run and won before a cheering bunch of spectators.
In a crowd pleasing result, the feature race of the event, the $12,000 Dongwha Timbers Bombala Cup, was won by previous winner Back to Zero trained by Barbara Joseph and Paul Jones, with everyone appreciating the local connection.
All six races were keenly followed, however, and both the bookies and tote van were kept busy right up until the end of the day, which continued to shine even as the last racegoers headed into town for further celebrations.