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1 November, 2021

Clifton Races maxed out

There are always memorable moments to take away from Clifton’s annual Race Day and this year, among those will be the sad fact that Covid restrictions led to the entrance gates having to be closed when the attendance reached 3,000 - the figure authorities deemed to be a maximum for the event.

Some of the ladies in this year’s Fashions On The Field competition. The judges had a big task trying to determine winners and to add a bit of pressure, they were asked to choose the best contemporary wear, best classic race wear and best headwear during one appearance by entrants instead of parades for individual sections.

The attendance figure for the 2021 Clifton Cup Race Meeting was more than double the town’s population, but it could have been even bigger if several hundred who were lined up at the gate when entry was closed off, had been able to attend.

Some went away disappointed, while others waited for admission as early leavers made their exit.

Despite the limit on numbers, Clifton Jockey Club was pleased with the meeting, although the large team of volunteers had its work cut out keeping up with the demand on various aspects of the meeting.

A case in point was the bar, where, due to the hot day and the big attendance, demand was greater than had been anticipated.

The record attendance saw all of the marquees occupied and the additional opportunities to grab some shade, such as the newly covered bookmakers ring, were much appreciated by patrons.

A highlight of the day, Fashions On The Field, attracted a good number of entrants in most sections, not surprising due to the good prizemoney on offer.

The winner of the Best Dressed Lady in Classic Style was Carla Pidgeon from Allora, who also linked with her daughter Ellie to win the section for Best Dressed Mother and Daughter.

The five racing events on the programme were also well supported.

The main race, the Pacific Seeds/Pursehouse Rural Clifton Cup over 1580 metres was won by Reset’s Son.

The horse is trained at Beaudesert by Ben Robinson and was ridden by Brooke Ainsworth.

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