The 153rd Adaminaby races will go down as a washout after a thunderstorm dumped hail on the track and forced stewards to abandon the event before a race was run.
But it didn’t stop hundreds of racegoers from enjoying a get together and escaping a bit of rain as dark clouds circled the picturesque Snowy Mountains racecourse, where part of the film Phar Lap was shot.
It was disappointing for the hardworking committee of the Adaminaby Jockey Club, who have just one race meeting a year, which is often said to be the best in the Mountains. The Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove opened the 150th meeting three years ago, and former prime minister John Howard was also once a guest.
Patrons still enjoyed the day by the bar and at hospitality tents, with the theme hats and heels.
An inspection of the track at the home corner where hail had collected concerned jockeys that it would be too slippery to race on.