Strong field for Cup

Watch out for fashions on the fileds with a difference today! Picture Bubbles Barbierato.

By Tania Phillips

 Conditions are looking good for today’s 160th Warwick Credit Union Warwick Cup with everything in-place for this year’s event despite having to work around Covid 19 restrictions and horses coming from near and far for the meeting.

Warwick Turf Club secretary Kristen Doyle said the restrictions had caused some changes to the way the event, held almost every year since 1859, this year.

She reminded patrons that tickets were already on-sale for the event and urged people to those wishing to attend to purchase them on-line before getting to the Turf Club if possible.

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“Numbers are good, growing – there has been good ticket sales,” Kristen explained.

“The numbers are good – I noticed after the restrictions lifted people started booking quickly.

“People can still purchase on-line – you have to prepurchase before even on the day. If you think you can rock up to the gate and pay to get in – no you still have to prepurchase. There will be no cash at the entry.”

There have been changes made inside the gates too to keep everyone Covid safe Kristen explained.

“You are allowed to stand up to eat and drink now but you still have to be socially distanced,” she said.

“We have still have plenty of tables and chairs available.”

One of the big changes is the with the food this time around.

“The canteen is open. Do not bring in any food – due to the advice of the Darling Downs Public Health Unit,” she stressed.

“So no food should be brought in, our canteen is open and we have gluten-free options available.”

Changes have also been made to the ever-popular Fashions on The Field but the event will still go ahead.

“We will still be having fashions on the field but in a different way with photos being taken instead,” Kristen said.

“But there will still be great prizes and there will still be a presentation.”

Those wanting to enter the Fashions On The Field competition will be photographed by the official photographer with voting then done from the photos. However Kristen said there would still be awards for the best dressed woman and couple on the day.

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