Echuca Racing Club was the place to be yesterday, as thousands turned out dressed in their finest racewear for a day of fun and fashion.SOPHIE MALCOLM November 7, 2012 4:57am
Jason Mercieca of Melbourne, Jenni Prior of Mooroopna, Jaysen Newlan of Katamatite, Kayne Campbell of Stanhope and Aaron Resul of Kyabram excitedly watch the action at Echuca Racing Club’s Melbourne Cup meeting yesterday.
It was a day of fun, food and fashion as crowds turned out for Echuca’s Melbourne Cup day races yesterday.
The event saw thousands of locals and visitors alike at Echuca Racecourse for one of the biggest race days in the region.
Echuca Racing Club hosted its own races as part of the event, but all eyes were on the Melbourne Cup as it was broadcast across the venue.
Olivia Yeo, 6, who watched from beside the track, said she did not have any favourites for the winner.
‘‘I’ve been playing in the play park and I’ve been watching the race,’’ she said, adding she chose a white dress and pink bow for the big day.
Former Echuca resident Nikki El-Houssamy said she returned to the town each year for the event.
‘‘I love all the fashions,’’ the 23-year-old said.
‘‘I love spring racing just because it’s stuff you don’t get to wear every day, so it’s a good chance for everyone to get out and get dressed up.’’
While storm clouds gathered, the weather held out for the Cup, much to racegoers’ relief.
In the Diva marquee, Lyn Mitchell, who described herself as ‘‘a long time race-person’’, said the day had been ‘‘fantastic’’.
‘‘The food’s beautiful, the company’s great,’’ the Lockington resident said.
‘‘I’m a bit older than a diva though.’’
In the members’ bar, Echuca Racing Club committee member Darren Pollock said the event was a landmark one for the newly-formed Black Caviar club, which marked its second meeting yesterday.
Mr Pollock said the social club was a new initiative and took only 50 members.
‘‘It’s got a waiting list now,’’ he said.
Echuca Racing Club chief executive Garry Armstrong said about 6500 people attended yesterday’s event and crowds were well-behaved.
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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