Downpour delay no dampener for thousands at Birdsville races

Richard Dinnen - Queensland Editor |

Outback Queensland’s iconic Birdsville race meeting looks set for a delayed start on Saturday, after today’s program was postponed due to wet weather .

Birdsville Race Club vice-president, Gary Brook, said the race program is still being finalised, but it will definitely feature the headline TAB Birdsville Cup.

“We are thrilled to be moving ahead with a day of racing after the weather gods thew us some curveballs over the past few days.

Wet weather footwear Birdsville style pics Lyndon Mechielsen/MaxAgency

“Thankfully, conditions have improved and we’ve been working hard to ready the track for an awesome day of racing and festivities as we celebrate 140 years of the Birdsville Races.

“We thank all our punters and partners for their patience and support – and we can’t wait to host everyone for one cracker of an outback party.”

The Birdsville Race Club and Racing Queensland are looking at all available options for rescheduling any postponed Day 1 races to this Sunday, September 4.

The outback town is home to just over 100 people, but thousands of visitors drive and fly in for the annual race meeting that calls itself the ‘Melbourne Cup of the Outback’.

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