LOCAL sausage dogs were sizzling hot as they made a dachshund dash at the Middlemount Race Day on Saturday.
Middlemount Race Club president Bill Gray said they introduced the Sausage Sprint this year with the pooches auctioned off in a Calcutta.
The race went off with a woof and raised more than $2200.
"We always do a fundraiser for the rescue helicopter ... all proceeds going to CQ Rescue and the Capricorn rescue helicopter," Mr Gray said.
The sprint saw eight local dogs stepping up to the challenge with Tess taking out first place.
Mr Gray said they had about 2000 people attend the race day, and the crowd at the sprint was four lines deep.
"I can see it getting bigger and bigger," he said.
The dog dash was so popular maybe next year they should just call it the Middlemount Dachshund Race Day.
"Bugger the horse races. We'll just have dog races," Mr Gray said with a laugh.
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