One of Gunnedah’s most annually anticipated races went ahead on Sunday with fashion and fantastic weather to welcome the 2024 Gold Cup race.

The day boasted beautiful weather for about 600 guests at the Riverside Racecourse

It was Mayfair Spirit, trained by Kris Lees, who won the $40,000 Gunnedah Gold Cup.

Some issues with the soft patches on the track meant a brief delay between races but despite that, Gunnedah Jockey Club president Mark Wilkinson was happy with the day.

“We had a good turn out, great crowd and great races,” he said.

He is new to the role, joining the committee about a year ago and taking the position a few months ago.

He is now looking forward to seeing the track and club move with the times.

Furthermore, multiple members on the committee were new to their own roles, so he was glad the day was completed successfully.

There were a number of visitors from out of town enjoying the atmosphere and plenty tried their luck at being a fashions in the field winner.

The competition was back as always with participants competing in women’s and men’s categories.

Styles were up to standard with Mary Browne at the helm of the judging.

Winning the men’s category was Craig Smythe while Kate Kirk from Queensland won the women’s and Sharon Edmonds from Newcastle impressed in the millinery section.

“It was a great day, beautiful fashion on the day,” Mary Browne said.

“People were really friendly and mingled nicely. A great atmosphere.”

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