AQUIS Beaudesert Race Club is celebrating one of its biggest Anzac Day races in years after crowds swelled to more than 2000 people.
The turnout was double the number expected, with free entry at lunch proving a hit with punters. Servicemen, servicewomen and veterans also enjoyed free all-day admission.
Club chief executive Steve Lines said more than 400 free sausage sandwiches were cooked up for hungry patrons, who enjoyed live entertainment while watching the race day action.
The trackside atmosphere was jovial and respectful as veterans and punters relaxed with a few beverages after morning services.
This year's Anzac Day on Thursday, April 25 marked 104 years since the landing at Gallipoli.
Centenary commemorations for WWI ended last year but turnout for Anzac Day services across south-east Queensland remained strong.
Mr Lines said plans were underway to make sure next year's Anzac Day races were as much of a hit for local and visiting punters.
"The day was beautiful," he said. "We have plans to grow the event to become bigger and better."
Three-year-old filly Arc of Gold was raced wide without cover for most of race four by jockey Stephanie Lacy to win the Beaudesert RSL Sub Branch QTIS three-years-old maiden plate.
Arc of Gold, who was trained by Gary Duncan, was followed by geldings The Demtel Man and Lotza in second and third position for the Anzac Day cup.
The club's next race is on Saturday, June 22 for the Beaudesert Cup.
Mr Lines said pre-bookings had already been strong but tickets were still available.
Entry to the June event is $12.50 per adult and $7.50 per child or pensioner.
A fashions on the field event is planned, with a country luncheon package available for $60 per person.
The country luncheon price includes racetrack entry, a gourmet buffet, house beverage on arrival and shared racebook.
Seven local races will be held after gates open at 11am, with tote and bookies facilities to be available.