Enjoying the phantom races at Bundaberg were Katie Grissell and Elizabeth Schmeider.
Enjoying the phantom races at Bundaberg were Katie Grissell and Elizabeth Schmeider.

Rain does not dampen spirits

THE rain may have cancelled the races but it failed to dampen the spirits of Denny McQuillen, who was at the Bundaberg racecourse on Saturday to celebrate her daughter’s impending marriage.

“It was a lovely day,” Mrs McQuillen said.

“It was cooler than we expected and although we were disappointed they didn’t have the horses, we turned it into a good day.”

Queensland Racing stewards cancelled the race on Saturday morning because the track was too wet after rain in the week leading up to the Summer Cup.

Bundaberg Racing Club vice president Robert Modrow said the 300-strong crowd was a good turnout despite the cancellation.

“Disappointed at the fact no local racing could go ahead, it was a line ball decision and the Racing Queensland stewards always make safety of the horses and jockeys their priority,” he said.

“We are really looking forward to the Catholic Schools Race Day coming up soon and hopefully the rain holds off and we get a huge turn out — traditionally we always get good numbers to that one.”

Bride-to-be Stacey McQuillen also said it had been a great day.

Ms McQuillen and fiancée David Watson were born and raised in the Bundaberg area and settled in Gooburrum 18 months ago.

They decided to invite about 40 guests to a combined hen’s and buck’s party at the race track where Mr Watson’s father was a bookie “many, many years ago”.

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