Jandowae ready for the colts and fillies

DRESSED TO THE NINES: Ladies at the Jandowae Cup race meeting last year.
DRESSED TO THE NINES: Ladies at the Jandowae Cup race meeting last year. Alasdair Young

BUSH RACING doesn't get more symbolic than a track that only opens up the bar and utilises its barriers once a year, but that will be the case tomorrow when the Jandowae Race Club hosts its annual race meeting.

Club secretary Lesley Gooderham said the uniqueness of a country race meeting couldn't be replicated.

"Just the atmosphere makes it what it is, we're just a little country town but we're all happy and good to get along with - everyone that comes has a good time and enjoys the day out,” Ms Gooderham said.

"It's a good event for the locals to come out and enjoy.

We don't have lots of events through the year but this is something that everyone can come to.”

Ms Gooderham said the charm of the Jandowae Cup attracted punters from across southern Queensland.

"We are expecting a few from Brisbane and the coast, even from further out Roma way, so quite a few people travel for it.

"It's usually a really good day for them and, providing the weather holds out, it will be a great day.”

Aside from the five-race card that will keep the crowd entertained on track, Ms Gooderham said the fashions on the field was always hotly contested.

"Fashions on the field is always lots of fun, it's a nice break up between the races.

"There's four different categories - last year we had best dressed contemporary lady and best dressed classical.

"We also had a millinery section for the fascinators and hats, as well as a men's category.”

Ms Gooderham said it was a highlight to see the men dress up, as many often didn't get the chance to do so.

"Quite often blokes aren't that interested in dressing up, they'll just come along in their jeans and a shirt and that's it, but quite a lot of them dress up in a suit coat, or have suspenders on with a nice little hat.

"It's really surprising as to how many blokes make an effort.

"Last year in the best dressed gentlemen our mayor, Paul McVeigh, was actually an entrant.”

Tickets are available now, and Ms Gooderham is optimistic a good crowd will roll in if the weather is fine.

"We are hoping it will be as big as last year, at the moment our marquee is a little bit down.

"Those who are in the marquee will be occupied and have a good track side view of the racecourse.”

Tickets are $10 at the gate, or you can purchase a marquee ticket that includes a two-course meal for $75.

Gates will open at the Jandowae Race Club at 11am for the five-race program, with the first race to start at midday.

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