WINNERS: Glenthorn Avenue ridden by Jason Missen (centre) finished fast to win the Mt Perry Cup, Testascana ridden by Billie-Rose Derbyshire (right) was second, with Billy Goat ridden by Gary Geran third. INSERT: Evolution Mining Company CEO Mark Boon presents the cup to owner-trainer Lindsay Anderson.
WINNERS: Glenthorn Avenue ridden by Jason Missen (centre) finished fast to win the Mt Perry Cup, Testascana ridden by Billie-Rose Derbyshire (right) was second, with Billy Goat ridden by Gary Geran third. INSERT: Evolution Mining Company CEO Mark Boon presents the cup to owner-trainer Lindsay Anderson. Shirley Way

Crowd races in to Mt Perry

MORE than 800 people beat the 40 degree heat and frocked up for the annual Mt Perry Cup on Saturday.

Mt Perry Race Club secretary Joy Jensen said it was a successful day.

"I'm just astounded at the crowd that we had there on such a hot day," Ms Jensen said.

"It was hot, we had many, many marquees."

And despite the melting heat, Ms Jensen said event goers still looked the part.

"The fashions were absolutely beautiful, absolutely gorgeous," she said.

"It was a brilliant day with a happy, fun crowd."

Ms Jensen believed the heat did deter some racegoers.

"It's probably a little bit down on our usual crowd, but that's expected on such a hot day," she said.

"There was quite a good crowd who stayed on well into the night."

Ms Jensen said a unique aspect of the races was that people could fly direct to the races.

"We had quite a number of people from Brisbane and we had four planes land on the airstrip," she said.

Ms Jensen said a small airstrip down the middle of the racecourse allowed attendees to fly directing into the middle of the event.

"So they have to be in before 12pm because the racecourse goes across the airstrip.

"It's quite unique."

And the coolest spot to be on the day, Ms Jensen said, was in the shade of grandstand.

"And of course you get a great view," she said.

She said in addition to the grandstand, many, many marquees kept the race goers as cool and comfortable as possible.

"Which made it hard to gauge numbers because everyone was hiding in the shade," she joked.

"But it was a very happy day."

Ms Jensen said more campers than ever stayed on site as accommodation in Mt Perry booked out months ahead.



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