Bolts of blue at Ross Cup races

Annual Isisford races attracts big crowd for 2019 Ross Cup

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Around 350 keen racegoers painted Isisford blue for the annual Ross Cup race meeting at the end of October.

Around 350 keen racegoers painted Isisford blue for the annual Ross Cup race meeting at the end of October, taking up the aquamarine springtime theme with gusto.

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These numbers were up slightly despite the warm afternoon and the new misting machines were appreciated by the crowd and jockeys alike.

The Rodney Little-trained Boingo, based at Ilfracombe, won the Ross Cup with jockey Emma Bell on her back, from Menacing, ridden by Brooke Richardson, and Our Beatnik, ridden by Steven Galvin.

Off the track there were seven categories for fashionistas to show off their best baby blues.

Longreach's Vicki Rayner won the over 35s category while Jacquettaa Arnold won the under 35s category for ladies.

The millinery award went to Kylie Hauff of Emerald and she teamed with her husband Geoff to win the couples award.

Tambo's Chris Turnbull was the best dressed gent. The under 16 fillies prize went to Tessa Callaghan and Dylan Hauff won the best dressed colt prize.

Taking home a cool $1000 were Nick Turnbull and Freddie Goodrich for mastering the two-person horse costume and winning the novelty horse race.

A welcome $475 entered the race club's coffers when Muttaburra's Kymbo Westcott paid top price for the wire horse head sculpture created by Blackall's Oona Banks and auctioned off at the end of the afternoon.

Spokeswoman Anna Cochrane said they aimed for a pretty special event once a year and thought they had hit the mark.

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