IT was a sight to behold as race-goers, drawn like "bees to a honeypot'' swarmed Yeppoon's Keppel Park racecourse on Saturday for one of the club's two race meetings for the year.
While the Harcourts Real Estate Yeppoon Cup (1400m) was featured, it seemed highly likely the crowd would have turned up regardless of the class of horse competing.
The question most frequently asked was "Why is Yeppoon restricted to just two meetings a year'' but high-ranking Quensland Racing officials who may have been able to mount an argument in defence were nowhere to be seen.
Seen indeed was Rockhampton trainer Jim Rundle's Compete (Luke Dillon) who dashed clear over the final 200 metres to win the $6000 Yeppoon Cup (1400m).
The athletic-looking six-yearold bred with a Golden Slipperwinning pedigree (Canny LadTrials (Tierce), beat fast-finishing Mycenae (Mark Barnham) by two lengths with veteran Pride and Power (Geoffrey Booth) 1.5 lengths away third.
Dillon won the Cup through his early patience in restraining Compete to enjoy a trailing position behind a group of runners who looked hellbent on gaining early supremacy by leading.
Raced in partnership with his horse-loving sons Warren and Stephen, former metropolitan campaigner Compete has played his part admirably in acquainting former Rockampton City Councillor Jim Rundle with the intricacies of training a racehorse. Ealier Luke Dillon was the catalyst for owners Ron and Bev White and Maureen Olive collecting a $10,000 Brisbane Bloodstock Bonus when strapping Spectrum juvenile Cariboo Hills defied his own wayward tendencies to win the $6000 2YO Maiden (1100m).
After leading early, Cariboo Hills ran wide on the home turn and surrendered the lead to eventual runner-up Lady In Silk (John Stephens).
It took Cariboo Hills what seemed an eternity to regain supremacy, which he did over the final 75 metres.
Gold Coast jockey Matthew Cant was gran's pin-up boy after winning on Christine Simpson's Magic Millions Sales candidate Reef Shar Baye in the Maiden Plate (900m).
Christine registered the name Reaf Shar Baye after combining various letters from the names of her three grandchildren.