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63rd Cairns Amateurs Carnival wraps up

Cairns Amateurs Carnival President David Goodman has praised the work of the event management team, led by Victoria and Mark Jennings, and the committee following the sell-out three-day carnival and his first time at the helm.

“While the Victoria and NSW lockdowns meant last minute cancellations from
southern visitors, the Carnival was well subscribed across the board, with high
tea and ball numbers both exceeding previous years’ numbers with just over 400
guests each,” Mr Goodman said.

According to Mr Goodman, this year’s fundraising partner Far North Queensland
Hospital Foundation benefited greatly from efforts over the weekend, generating
$26,000 in raffles and auctions along with food sales from track side events yet to be

“While it is too early for final figures, we were very satisfied with attendances at all
events over the weekend, especially considering last year’s COVID-19 hiatus. The
return to spring racing and the Cairns Amateurs has been embraced and the appetite
for getting dressed up and socialising by all generations remains high.

“Cairns Amateurs Carnival is completely unique, an iconic event that showcases the very best the region has to offer; a spirited trio of fun, fashion and racing where country and city collide,” he said.

Along with Queensland’s Minister for Racing the Hon. Grace Grace attending all key events throughout the Carnival and a visit by the Governor Paul de Jersey on Friday, this year’s celebrity duo, the Lexus Melbourne Cup and twice-winning Melbourne Cup jockey, John Letts OAM were unquestionably most popular. Cairns racegoers embraced the opportunity to lift the golden trophy during its 19th national tour of Australia.

Ridden by Corey Bayliss and trained by Townsville-based Leslie Gordy, eight-year-old bay gelding Bullion Wolf put in a tough performance to take home Saturday’s $150,000 Great Northern Brewing Co. Cairns Amateurs Cup.

While Bullion Wolf’s owners were jubilant when their horse scored his most significant
of 13 wins to date, there was much excitement in general at Cannon Park that saw 16
races run over two days and a total prize packet exceeding half a million dollars for
the first time in its 63-year history.

Another notable race on the two-day program was Saturday’s Ross Moller Memorial
Class 3 Plate, dedicated to the former Cairns Amateurs Carnival President and long-serving committee member who died earlier this year. The winning trophy for the
Stephen Massingham trained horse, Olindo was presented by the late Mr Moller’s
son, Nick.

The 2021 Cairns Amateurs Carnival ran from the 9th to 11th of September.


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