FOR reasons unknown the Corfield Cup race meeting has always attracted a very good crowd and the 2014 event was no different.
This tiny township of less than ten people has etched itself into the hearts of many from around Australia a lot of who have lived and worked in the area over the past seven or so decades.
It has also gained recognition throughout the “grey nomads” who, by word of mouth, know that if you are travelling in the area at the time, the Corfield Cup day is a “bloody great day” to have a few drinks and enjoy some real country racing.
As one ‘nomad’ told the North Queensland Register, he and his wife heard about it in Charleville and decided to tailor their journey to be in the area at the time.
Nominations for the 2014 event were extremely good for a country meeting with no race having less than eight horses running.
The coveted Corfield Cup was once again sponsored by Brodie Agencies. It was won by the Todd Austin trained Peace Talks piloted by Quayde Krogh ahead of Steinberg 2nd with jockey Tim Brummell aboard and Seagal 3rd, jockey Dan Ballard.
Fashions on the Field was once again a hotly contested competition with the Lady of the Day title going to a very stylish Sally Eales of Winton. The Millinery Class went to Candace Mitchell and the Innovative Race Wear title went to Shelley Davison of Richmond.
Best Dressed Male title went to Justin McGill also of Winton and Best Dressed Couple was won by Peter and Tammy Ashman, Escombe Station.
Male Tiny Tot winner, Trip Dean; Female Tiny Tot winner, Macie Elliott; Junior Jetsetters Casey Campbell and Clayton Scarr; and Trendy Teen Dannielle Foxwell, Winton.
Club President Peter Carrington said the club was delighted with the nomination and that they had received 48 in total.
“It is an indication of just how healthy and appreciated country racing is. I think Racing Queensland should look at seriously increasing the prize money for country meetings - after all they are the origins of this nations racing heritage,” Mr Carrington said.