Mur'bah races awash with sunshine and fun times
NOTHING, not even the heat, could stop punters coming out in force for the Murwillumbah Races on Tuesday.
The drinks were cold, the bets were on and the fashion was quite a sight for the crowd.
Not everyone was impressed though, bag man/bookie Mark Simpkins said people were tight with their cash this year.
"It's a sign of the times," he said.
"Last year everyone was paying with $20 notes, this year they're only betting $5."
Tweed River Jockey Club secretary manager Rachael Elliott disagreed with Mr Simpkins, saying she thought it was one of the club's best racing days.
"It's been a great day," she said.
"Numbers are up and I wouldn't be surprised if it is to do with the beautiful weather we've had."
The crowd were in fine form with no incidents ruining the field day fun.
"It's been a good mix today," she said.
"It was also an excellent turn around for fashions on the field."
Jockey and winner of the third race on Summerquest, Sam Payne, said it was "spectacular" to win a race.
"It's a good feeling," he said.
"You know you're out there and you're the best."
The teen said he practiced for the event every day.
The races, which have been held in Murwillumbah for well over 100 years, were a big hit with many out-of-towners visiting for some country racing fun.
Visitor and punter Michelle Hill said she loved the vibe the Murwillumbah races offered.
"You can't go barefoot at the Gold Coast Turf Club," she said.
"It's so chilled out, relaxed and the backdrop just makes it."
Live music and entertainment kept the crowd active between races.
If you missed out on the action today, never fear, the club will host Twilight Races for the first time ever on December 14.