It was the Townsville Amateurs race day last weekend but sadly, because of the Equine Flu, no horses were allowed to attend. But get this: 4500 people got dressed up in their fancy gear - dresses, hats, suits and loud ties - and went down to the race track anyway.
The Townsville Bully's full report is here: Guests of honour didn’t attend, but the party went on regardless.
By all accounts those 4500 people had a good day wandering around the empty track drinking champagne in the sun, although as one attendee put it: "It was a funny feeling, hard to describe I suppose. It wasn't the buzz of previous years.” Yeah, I know that feeling, like when something is missing but you just can't put your finger on what it is..?
I think we can conclude from this that it’s probably worth keeping the horses involved in future.
Has anybody told the Melbourne Cup? Because I think they'll need to know.