Playful crowd watches Rio Rogue win the Walkaway Cup at the Geraldton Turf Club

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Lilly, 6, and Cooper Tilka, 8, with clerk of the course Jessica Bain and Snow Crab.
Camera IconLilly, 6, and Cooper Tilka, 8, with clerk of the course Jessica Bain and Snow Crab. Credit: Justine Rowe/Around the Traps

Mid West race fans turned out to watch the Mount Augustus Tourist Park Walkaway Cup run in near-perfect weather on Saturday, with the race community set to enjoy two of the biggest days on the local calendar in just over a fortnight.

A fun-loving crowd dressed up and took to the dance floor at the Geraldton Turf Club between races as Rio Rogue won a rescheduled cup.

The meet was moved back from December 27 due to the extreme heat.

Next to run is the Batavia Sprint on January 16.

Turf club manager David Wrensted said the club were pleased with the day.

“It was a good meeting and it allowed people to get to the races over the festive break,” Wrensted said.

“It was really good racing and there was a good mix of results.

“We’re now building towards the Batavia Sprint.”

Rio Rogue’s trainer, Geraldton-based Murray Sharp said, the five-year-old would not feature at the sprint.

Sharp said Rio Rogue had met his aim with the cup win and would now go on a spell until February, before focusing on the Geraldton Cup in April.

A smaller, industry-focused meet due to run on January 8 will now be moved to the end of the season to ease fixture congestion.

It will now run on April 29.

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