Lots of people felt like a flutter on Boxing Day and headed to the races at Wauchope for the famous Woop Woop Cup meeting.
The sun shone at Wauchope Jockey Club and the glamour was everywhere, as women and men dressed up for the occasion, and the chance to win some prizes for their fashions on the field.
Wauchope Jockey Club president Greg Partridge was delighted to see the crowds flocking to the racecourse on Beechwood Road.
“It’s a great day’s racing, and we are really pleased that the weather is so good,” he said.
Dean Wakefield and Trent Lane has dressed up very stylishly and were competing against each other for best-dressed man in the fashions on the field competition.
Trent said his sparkling waistcoat came all the way from Britain and he also sported a stylish hat.
Port Macquarie cousins Tom James and Jacob Hardie had come to the meeting for the first time with family members, and were thoroughly enjoying themselves.
“It’s a bit of fun on Boxing Day,” said Jacob.
Heather Wallis and Sheryl Barnett were selling tickets for the Cowpat Lotto in the Lasiandra Festival which runs all through March in Wauchope. The first prize is $1000.
Bookmaker Glen Woodbridge has been coming to the Woop Woop Cup for 30 years.
“It’s a great local day,” he said.
“People meet up after the Christmas holidays, and Wauchope Jockey Club do a great job of organising the day.”
Committee member Rocky Laurie said the event is drawing more and more young people every year.
“They want to have a day out, which is really good,” he said.
This year, the jockey club had a novel raffle and cash incentives to add glamour and more interest to the occasion. The club was offering $1000 to each of the leading winning jockey and trainer on the day on a points system for wins and placings. Prizes were also on offer for the best-dressed woman and man.
The winner of the Woop Woop Cup was Colt Prosser’s horse, Raining on Sunday, ridden by Mollie Partridge, owned by Peter Coulon.