Mid West celebrates racing fun

Countryman
Fashion of the Fields Judges From Left Stacey Reynolds, Aimee Holmes & Philippa Kupsch.
Camera IconFashion of the Fields Judges From Left Stacey Reynolds, Aimee Holmes & Philippa Kupsch. Credit: no, Justine Rowe

Racing enthusiasts came from near and far in early March to attend one of the Mid-West’s biggest events of the year, the Mingenew Races.

Hayley Well, Brodie M'leane & Sarah Quenby from Dongara.
Camera IconHayley Well, Brodie M'leane & Sarah Quenby from Dongara. Credit: no, Justine Rowe

The occasion has been going strong for more than 100 years in one form or another, each time transforming the local race track into a lively, vibrant and dynamic social hub.

Sasha Risinger, Rebekah Counsel, Kylie Tremlett & Andrew Bowman-Bright from Carnamah.
Camera IconSasha Risinger, Rebekah Counsel, Kylie Tremlett & Andrew Bowman-Bright from Carnamah. Credit: no, Justine Rowe

More than 470 farmers, pastoralists and members of the rural community turned up this year in hot and windy conditions, but it did not deter them from enjoying themselves on a location which enjoys a sensational backdrop of breakaway country.

Winner of the Afrgri Mingenew Cup Galaxy Blaze.
Camera IconWinner of the Afrgri Mingenew Cup Galaxy Blaze. Credit: no, Justine Rowe

The official TAB race day event included a full six-race schedule, with a variety of entertainment for the whole family.

Race day patrons had access to full TAB facilities, bar and food services, and as usual, the fashions on the field proved popular.

Kelsey Thiel, Ingrid Fuchsbichler, & Dimity Chivers.
Camera IconKelsey Thiel, Ingrid Fuchsbichler, & Dimity Chivers. Credit: no, Justine Rowe

The main race for the Mingenew Cup was won by Galaxy Blaze, with $12,000 in prize money shared by the top three place-getters.

Start of Race 6 at the Mingenew Races.
Camera IconStart of Race 6 at the Mingenew Races. Credit: no, Justine Rowe

A spectacular sunset and fireworks display, embellished with music from a live band, helped the day finish on a high note.

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