Written by Lyndon Keane for APN
THERE was only one difference between Moonie and Flemington when the barrier went up at the tiny town's sports club on Saturday: the thoroughbred stars of the show had six legs, not four.
Hundreds of people donned frocks, fascinators, ties and trilbies to converge on Moonie Sports Club for the annual showstopper, and those expecting thrilling yabby action were not disappointed by the seven-race program.
Bidding was fast and furious prior to the yabbies jumping in each race, as syndicates studied the form and watched the crustaceans paraded before being loaded into the barrier.
Enthusiastic patrons cheered and thrust their form guides into the air as the shelled racers made their way down the one-metre track, with jubilant "owners" celebrating wins as if they had just notched up a group one victory.
After a surprise victory in race three, the Newport Mooloolaba Sash, Burke Royalty backed up to claim the coveted Dalby Rural Supplies Moonie Cup, trumping the six other race winners.
Moonie Sports Club president Sam Baker said the day had been an overwhelming success, despite a smaller crowd than last year.
"The yabby pool, money wise, was up," he said.
"It's the fundraiser for running costs of the club all year."
With the fashions on the field winners decided and the yabbies returned to their watery home for another year, Mr Baker praised the community support the club received for the event.
"Moonie is a bloody small town and it's good we get the sort of volunteer numbers we do," he said.