Crowd enjoys damp Calliope Gold Cup
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
THE rain failed to scare off Boxing Day racegoers who gathered at the Calliope race track for the annual Calliope Gold Cup yesterday.
The meet is one of the leading race days in the Gladstone region, drawing a quality field of 34 runners over a five-race program.
The Calliope Turf Club secretary said despite the rain, the day had once again been a huge success.
'It was a really good day, the track held up well and the crowds exceeded last year's,' she said.
'The rain held out for us and really had no impact on the event. The crowd weren't really dressed up, but they all had a great time.'
In the main race of the day the Calliope Gold Cup Class Six, the fancied Dune Buggy failed to take the honours, coming in third.
The honours were taken out by Costa Azzurra, followed by Spookys Beach.
As always the ladies also got among the fun, with fashion in the fields a popular attraction for racegoers
The best dressed lady on the day went to Rose Norgard, while the best hat award went to Margaret Neil-Ballantine.
There was also a less traditional race held during the meet, with the running of the Marie Adams Dash, which has come to be part of the Calliope Gold Cup.
The Marie Adams Dash, is a foot race down the track, by a group of locals.
Simon Adams organises the event to raise money for the Queensland Cancer Fund, with the event being named in memory of his mother.
This year's race was won by The Ugly Xena Warrior Princess, who beat the other nine runners, all dressed as super heroes, to the post.
Spectators get into the spirit of the novel race, betting on the runners they think will take out the honours.
'It's a bit of fun, but it is also a way to raise money for a charity,' Mr Adams said.
'Everyone there gets behind the cause and throws a bit of money in the hat, so it's great.'
For a full list of winners on the day see page 20.