FROCKED UP: Ellie McCarthy, Kate Cooper, Sophie McMaster, Raluca Aitonean, Izzy Barnardt and Caitlin Pass.
FROCKED UP: Ellie McCarthy, Kate Cooper, Sophie McMaster, Raluca Aitonean, Izzy Barnardt and Caitlin Pass. Kaitlyn Gutzke Emeraces

Emerald 100 race day goes off

WHILE the sun escaped behind the clouds, a rainbow arched over the racecourse, stopping the thousands of punters at Pioneer Park in their tracks.

With colourful fascinators and snazzy bow ties, the Emerald 100 Race Day was a success.

Although the numbers were significantly down for the race day, local punter Richard Turnbull said Pioneer Park hosted a great day of racing at the weekend.

"It was a great effort by the Emerald community in the current tough economic times," he said.

"The whole Emerald racing community should take credit that Emerald hosts one of the biggest country race days in provincial Queensland."

Richard said the Friday night Calcutta was a success.

"Emerald Jockey Club stalwart and early day pioneer woman jockey Glenda Bell received her life membership from the Emerald Jockey Club," he said.

"Bell has been one the stars of the show in the Central Highlands for many decades as a tireless worker for the club, a race horse owner, a trainer and a jockey."

Horrific news followed the Emerald 100, with Rockhampton Jockey Carly-Mae Pye, 26, involved in a fatal accdient after a fall at Callaghan Park just two days after competing in the Emerald 100.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pye family. 


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