A capacity crowd of 500 descended on Riverside Racecourse on Saturday for the Gunnedah Jockey Club's Christmas Hams Race meeting.
Tickets to the event quickly sold out in the lead-up and Gunnedah Jockey Club president Kevin Edmonds reported the day was a success.
"Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I got good responses from people saying they had a great day," Edmonds said.
Eight races were run and won despite a thunderstorm rolling through.
It hit the track smack bang in the middle of the meeting.
"We copped the storm just before the fourth race - halfway through the afternoon," Edmonds said.
"We got probably 5-6mm, it was coming in heavy with lightning and thunder. We had to stop the racing until that passed but it was OK after that."
Sue Grills trained the winner in the Nutrien Ag Solutions Cup with Mandalong Tapit.
The grey horse put close to six lengths on his rivals to win the cup.
The longest winner of the day came in the first when Bonnie Ev won paying $71 for Tamworth trainer Stephen Dixon who was racing his first runner since January.
Race one: Maiden Handicap (1000m)
Bonnie Ev (Stephen Dixon)
Race two: Maiden Plate (1300m)
Inducement (Stephen Jones)
Race three: Class 1 & Maiden Plate (1600m)
Southern Cloud (Lou Mary)
Race four: Benchmark 58 Handicap (1250m)
Call Me Brad (Lesley Jeffriess)
Race five: Benchmark 58 Handicap (1250m)
Euroaire (Pat Farrell)
Race six: Christmas Cup Benchmark 66 Handicap (1600m)
Mandalong Tapit (Sue Grills)
Race seven: Class 1 Handicap (1000m)
Mischief Managed (Cody Morgan)
Race eight: Benchmark 58 Handicap (1000m)
Bryan's Babe (Darren Egan)
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