–59th Cairns Amateurs Carnival, a Wrap –


People from near and far donned their springtime best and turned out in droves to enjoy the second day of Cairns Amateurs’ 59th Carnival, wrapping up its eight-race program and hotly contested Fashions on the Field competition on time despite a 90-minute break in proceedings caused by an electrical fire affecting Cannon Park’s power supply.

The President of Cairns Amateurs Carnival, Michael Delaney said he was grateful to emergency services and Ergon for saving one of the best days experienced at Cannon Park.

“We had just finished the presentation for the first race and our committee was feeling pretty good about how the day was shaping up with an already big crowd of racegoers in attendance and many more arriving when an LV triple switch caught fire on the main power pole situated near the entrance.”

With people’s safety paramount, Mr Delaney said he was impressed by the speed of his team’s response that involved calling emergency services, closing the gates, cordoning off the entrance and affected area and evacuating the nearby members’ marquee.

“The Fire Brigade were quick to arrive and put out the fire before an Ergon crew assessed the situation and worked hard to restore power,” Mr Delaney said.

Mr Delaney said despite the power outage, the bars kept operating and people continued to enjoy their race day fun.

“From a racing perspective, we were fortunate to have the CEO of Racing Queensland, Dr Eliot Forbes in attendance and with his help the race program resumed and all races were run and won.

“Special thanks to CEO, Graham Thornton, and Christina Buddle, and our amazing patrons who showed great patience and understanding throughout the outage,” he said.

The Cairns Amateurs Carnival committee said they are very happy with the 16,601 attendance over the two-day event that featured a number of high profile guests and celebrities including the Governor, the Premier, the Treasurer, Mayor of Cairns, China’s five-time gold medallist platform diver, Chua Ruolin and the most popular guest by far, NQ Cowboys captain and NRL legend, Johnathon Thurston.

The Committee will immediately start planning next year’s 60th anniversary Carnival with a program that acknowledges just how far the event has come from humble beginnings in 1959 to Far North Queensland’s pinnacle social event.

 Fashion Results of the QT Port Douglas Fashions on the Field

Carnival ambassador and judge, Angela Menz commended yesterday’s under 30s winner, Arabella Kullack for wearing an outfit that stood apart from the other contestants for its simplicity, youthfulness and on trend colour palette.

“She wore the outfit – the outfit didn’t wear her, it was fabulous!” Ms Menz said.

  • Winner of Mainie Australia’s Cairns Central Open Ladies Classic Ensemble – Carle Rutledge from Melbourne
  • Winner of Hairhouse Warehouse Cairns Central Best Dressed Couple – Carla Bombardieri and Isaac Knight from Cairns
  • Winner of Tarocash Cairns Central Men’s Fashion – Mitchell Ivory from Cairns
  • Winner of Wallace Bishop Cairns Central 30s and Under Ladies Racewear – Arabella Kullack from Cairns


Racing Results of the Cairns Amateurs Cup Day

This year’s jockey of the carnival was Wanderson D’Avila who rode five winners over the two days including locally trained, Irish horse, Ranked.

Race 1 Tattersall’s Club QTIS Added Stakes Handicap

Telloff – Trainer John Manzelmann & Jockey, Wanderson D’Avila

Race 2 Century Cranes Sir Sydney Williams OBE Handicap

Meteor Storm – Trainer Roy Chillemi & Jockey Noel Callow

Race 3 Aggreko Amateurs Bracelet

 Kirabo – Trainer Roy Chillemi & Jockey Noel Callow

Race 4 Cairns Post Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef Handicap

Bold Gypsy – Trainer Garnett Taylor & Jockey Corey Bayliss

Race 5 Ken Frost Homes Open Handicap

Metallic Crown – Trainer Janel Ryan & Jockey Robert Thompson

Race 6 Pat Williams Cl 1 Handicap

Gravettian –  Trainer Samantha Molino & Jockey: Graham Kliese

Race 7 Carlton Mid Amateurs Cup

Ranked – Trainer: Alwyn Bailey & Jockey Wanderson D’Avila

Race 8 Patrons Cup sponsored by Keith & Yvonne DeLacy Handicap

Etrangere  -Trainer Grahame Hughes & Jockey Bonnie Thompson

 The Carlton-Mid Cairns Amateurs Carnival has now completed its 59th year delivering a glamorous and tropical blend of fun, fashion and racing over three action-packed days between Thursday 31 August and Saturday 2 September, 2017.