Phil Manser escorting Virginia Conte at the Boxing Day Cup.
Phil Manser escorting Virginia Conte at the Boxing Day Cup. Scottie Simmonds BUNRAC

Feast of racing action

RACING fans made the most of their public holiday at the Boxing Day races yesterday, enjoying perfect summer weather and a full field of races.

A total of about 400 people flocked to Thabeban Park for the Bundaberg Race Club's final race meet for 2011.

President Mark McLean said the club had finished the year on a high note thanks to some spectacular racing and an energetic Boxing Day crowd.

"There's been a great atmosphere and the spectators have had the opportunity to see some excellent racing," he said.

Mr McLean said many punters were glad the annual event had returned after it was washed out last year due to the Christmas floods.

"It's the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and family you may not have seen in a while," he said.

A large jumping castle and inflatable slippery dip kept children entertained.

Bargara's Phil Manser attended the races with his companion Virginia Conte.

The couple moved to the region from Mackay six months ago and said Thabeban Park was one of the nicest race tracks they had encountered in Queensland.

"It's a lovely little track and they always put on a good card," he said.

"It's more intimate and friendly and it has a great family atmosphere."

Mr Manser indulged himself with a flutter and was pleased with the result.

"You know you've had a good day when you come away with more than what you started with," he said.

Bundaberg's Casey Clark made up for a Melbourne Cup day spent overseas with a few bets.

"I missed out on the Melbourne Cup this year but I really made up for it today," she said.

"I had a couple of wins which really made my day."



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