Racegoers chill out as wintry blast hits Koroit Cup fixture

RACEGOERS swapped sundresses and fascinators for coats and umbrellas at yesterday’s Koroit Cup.

The summer meeting at the Warrnambool racecourse endured soggy weather with patrons seeking shelter in the grandstands and the Matilda Room.

Warrnambool Racing Club sales and marketing manager Brad Pole expected numbers to be down on last year’s race due to the weather.

“When you run any event outdoors you are dependant on the weather,” he said.

“It hasn’t been fantastic but there’s not much you can do about it.

“It’s been a good day and people have still enjoyed themselves.”

Mr Pole said the Shipwreck Coast showjumping championships in front of the public grandstand had been well received.

“A lot of holidaymakers are here and they have enjoyed the day and the kids have had fun with the activities.”

Children enjoyed ball games, pony rides and face painting at the family-focused meeting.

Warrnambool’s Trish McInnes and Barbara Porter said they were regulars at the races and they had not been put off by the weather.

“Nothing stops us,” Ms McInnes said.

The McKinnon family also enjoyed a day out with Des McKinnon from Terang spending time with his sons Denis and Mark, from Melbourne.

Mr McKinnon said he always enjoyed the races and his sons had attended three race meetings in the region while visiting family.

Sinclair Wilson employees enjoyed watching the racing and showjumping from a vantage point in a sheltered tent.

Staffer Marion Eales said the group was supporting Sinclair Wilson accountant Tim Clarke in the jumping classes.

rhoulihan@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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