KAYAN Simpson got her first taste of Australian horse racing at the Gladstone Turf Club yesterday.

"I have been in Gladstone for four months and I have never been to the races before," she said.

"I don't know how to bet. I will just walk up and ask somebody I suppose."

She moved to Australia two years ago from Jamaica and said she was loving the community spirit in central Queensland since moving from Brisbane. Her husband works at Yarwun and today she took the day off so she could look her best.

"I had this dress in my closet for some time and I thought it looked well together with red. The races are good because everyone wears whatever they want," she said.

While for Kayan it was her first event, Braz Normanrabjohns and mate Ian Beveridge had been comfortable at the Harvey Road Tavern from 8am.

Armed with the race guide and in full view of TV screens, the pair was ready to win.

Around 120 people enjoyed a seafood buffet lunch at the Harvey Road Tavern but Mr Normanrabjohns had more important things to worry about than an appetite.

"I had a bowl of cereal this morning very early and that's it," he said.

"I was one of the first ones at the door.

"We have had about 612 beers. Put it this way - we are going to be over the limit."

Mr Beveridge's wife gave him a limit of $200 to spend but he hadn't been strict about it.

"I am a mug punter. I will be out to the telemachine a few times today," he laughed.

"We can't stay away. We like the horses and the beers are always cold at The Tav."



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