Large crowd expected at Allora Cup race day
A CROWD of 500 is expected at the Railway Hotel Allora Cup race meeting at Allman Park on Saturday.
Warwick Turf Club president Kristen Doyle said she had a lot of requests for information on the day and expected a larger crowd than at most five-event cards.
"The Wattles rugby league club will come to the races for their end-of-season break-up, which will boost numbers,” she said.
Admission is $10 with children under 16 free.
The Black Toyota Fashions on the Field will be held in the winner's enclosure at 2.40pm.
The judges will mingle in the crowd and invite 10 finalists for each group.
Awards will be presented for the best dressed lady, girl, man, boy and couple.
The first race on Saturdasy is at 1.15pm and the last at 4.05pm. Eight starters will be in the special arabian horse race at 4.35pm.
There will be a jumping castle, lollies for the children and musical entertainment all afternoon in the trackside pavilion.
Turf club committee member Barry Burgess said the race day had enjoyed excellent support from Allora businesses.
"We had no trouble finding race sponsors,” he said.
"The Railway Hotel has been the sponsor of the Cup from day one.”
Mr Burgess said the race day was a chance to forget about what is happening at home with the drought and go to the races.
"The Warwick Turf Club is giving Wattles the gate proceeds,” he said.
The first Allora Cup winner was Nobleman in 1949. The winner was owned by Tom Cowley, trained by Dick Byrne and ridden by Joe Murphy. Jack Hilton was race secretary for the first 11 years. The cup coincided with Melbourne Cup day from 1956 to 1959.
This year, the Allora Cup will be run at Allman Park for the sixth time.