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Thousands flocked to Alpha for a 'phantom meet' on Saturday after widespread rain across the central west saturated the track. Check out our photos.


The small town of Alpha was packed over the weekend as thousands poured in for one of the most popular events in the bush.

A 'phantom meet' at Alpha went ahead on Saturday after widespread rainfall across the central west saturated the track.

Racing officials were forced to abandon the race meet after more than 25 millimeters of rain fell on the racecourse in the days leading up to the races.

Alpha Jockey club committee member Kristy Sparrow said despite the cancellation of the horse races, the phantom meet was a great success.

"Although disappointed the track was too wet for horses our crowd was fantastic and we were thrilled that we had such amazing support from attendees with over 2700 in attendance," Ms Sparrow said.

"The alpha races is fantastic for our small community and injects considerable cash into local businesses.

"We had guests from interstate and all over Qld and have received great feedback."

This year's event offered entertainment for the whole family, including a live band and over $20,000 prize money in their fashions of the field extravaganza, which has become a popular draw card.

Ms Sparrow said this year's 'phantom meet' could not have happened without the many volunteers who dedicated their time and effort in the lead up to the social event.

"Alpha Jockey Club is a very small but dedicated team of volunteers, who spent many months preparing for race day. Of course none of this would be possible without our small team of volunteers," she said.

"Over the past 8 years we have continually improved our facilities and our marketing campaign to be the country race meet people want to attend.

"We would like to thank our sponsors for their amazing support in particular Komatsu for coming on board in 2021 as our premier sponsor."

To ensure the Alpha races are bigger and better in 2022, the Alpha Jockey Club committee is calling for more volunteers to assist.


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