Outback punters shell out at famous yabby races

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.



WE have chartered a bus from Gundi to do a return trip, departing at 1pm and returning at 10pm. 

Leave the car at home and for $40 return or a super package of $70 including merchandise, entry, drink tickets and raffle tickets, why not catch the bus??

We must sell 10 tickets tonight, so any of you sitting on the fence, book the bus now!



From tomorrow, Tuesday 19th Nov, we are very lucky to be running a "Moonie Yabbies Training Regime" update session with David Iliffe every morning. 

Listen in from 7:30am to hear the Sportsclub President Sam Baker reveal a few secrets on what really happens behind the scenes in Moonie, from catching, keeping, training to naming and racing the famous Moonie yabbies!!




The planning and preparations for the 2013 Santos Moonie Yabbie Races are well underway!  We have confirmed a brand new special guest MC, new band, new auctioneer and 5 weeks out, everyone is starting to get excited!  Details will soon be revealed!

We hope all you yabbie-fanatics are busy planning your trip out to Moonie, as this year is shaping up to be yet another fantastic event!  There is lots to do, fascinators to find, accommodation to sort and car-pooling with your friends to arrange.

Harvest in Moonie will  have well and truly finished so it will be a great opportunity for everyone to let their hair down properly!!




Check out the Gallery pages (mostly page 2 & 3) for the 2012 Moonie Yabbie Races photographs!  Over 100 pictures tell the story of what a fantastic day it was!