Irene's day at the races

Irene winds back the clock for a punt at the races

Irene Crispin proved you're never too old for a look at the form, as she sat outside the parade ring at this week's race meeting at Clarence River Jockey Club.

Irene travelled to the races with other residents of the Whiddon Group and when their weekly Monday bus trip coincided with the races, they decided to take the residents to come "have a punt and back a winner." 

Irene said her first time at the racetrack was when she was seven-years old in 1920, when Grafton had "no bridge, no water and no electricity."

"I used to come over to where the Grafton Cup started and would be so many people there at the start and so many at the finish not very far up," Irene said.

"You could either be on one side of the track, or on the other side which was half price."

"A friend of ours was a jockey. My aunt was a dressmaker and she used to make his silks. He used to have the trousers with the buttons on the legs and I'd have to do all the button holing for that. "He was a great friend of ours named Bertie Smith. He was a real good jockey at the time."



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