More than 90 people dressed in their finest and gathered at Hill Top Golf and Country Club to have a fun day, test their luck on the many sweeps and to enjoy the delicious Links Bistro two-course meal.
The atmosphere was enhanced by the beautifully decorated room, bursting with vases of roses, cleverly arranged by life member Elaine Cowley, and horse and horseshoe cut-outs displayed on the walls.
Tables were beautifully decorated with flowers, horseshoes, chocolates and bright yellow serviettes to set the scene.
Guests were escorted to the dining room through a rose-decorated arch, where they were snapped by a pesky photographer.
Rod Schubert was the MC for the day, urging punters to put their money on the sweeps which were conducted on each race.
Races were keenly watched on the many large screens, and later people hoped to hear their names called, giving them a few dollars in prize money, while others moaned at their lack of success.
The big race was won by Rekindling, which put a smile on the faces of Bett Jeffers and Sue Nihill as they had bought the horse in the Calcutta held the night before, giving them the major prize.
A cruise for the both of them looks on the horizon.
The day was enhanced by about 18 caravanners who regularly stay at Hill Top for a week twice a year, and came prepared with appropriate dress for the special day.
The announcing of the place-getters in the many sweeps regularly brought cheers as people rejoiced about their payouts.
The judges were given the difficult task of selecting people for the many best-dressed prizes to be presented.
President Lyn Fanning thanked her committee and the men who worked tirelessly organising the sweeps, and special mention was made to the people who supported the day.
The prize for lady and gent of the day was Gaye Pogue and Rod, in his tails, from the visiting caravanners, and the couple of the day was won by Shaun and Lynda O’Shannessy.
Best hat, fascinator and tie were also awarded as well as a lucky door prize.
Three raffle prizes were drawn for hampers of Castlemaine small goods and were presented to the lucky winners.
A great day was had by everyone, with the caravanners pledging to return for another fun-filled day next year.
— Judy Baker