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Cup's flooding rains turn to dust

On the home straight in Springsure.
On the home straight in Springsure.

THIS time 12 months ago, Springsure Race Club secretary Trudy Roberts couldn't wait to see the back of a rain spell which played havoc with last year's Springsure Cup race day preparations.

This year they were trucking the water in.

"The turf was looking at bit dry so we brought the council truck in to freshen it up," she said.

That must bring a tear to the eye of organisers of Springsure's annual St Patrick's race day, who earlier this year were forced to cancel the meet because of severe flooding.

Roberts said their race committee faced a similar predicament in the lead-up to the 2010 Springsure Cup, before a lucky break in the weather allowed the race day to go ahead.

"We had a fair bit of rain before and after, we're just lucky it fined up in the middle for us," she said.

There was no such problem for this year's running of the Springsure Cup with close to 500 patrons frocking up for the occasion.

"Numbers were definitely up on last year," Roberts said.

Tune Him Up kept punters happy in the betting ring, with the $2.60 favourite ridden by jockey Alisha Taylor streaking home for a solid win in the Cup.

Roberts said the only cause for concern was meeting required horse nominations to go ahead.

"You worry about it a little bit but there is not much you can do," she said. "If they're not there, they're not there."


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