Heat keeps Cup crowds away

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SATURDAY’S extreme heat kept both numbers and charity dollars down at the Marong Cup.

Attendance at the Cup, which raises funds for eight Bendigo Catholic primary schools, was well down on previous years because of the heat, said Marong Racing Club president Pat Sheehan.

“Numbers were well down… it was 40 degrees by the time of the 3.10pm race,” he said.

“But fortunately we had lots of (prepaid) packages and they all turned up and had a great day."

About 200 people from the Catholic schools volunteered.

Mr Sheehan said proceeds from the eight-horse race at the Bendigo Jockey Club were not yet known but he expected takings to be well down on previous years, which raised $6000 for each school last year.

While disappointing, Mr Sheehan said it was understandable.

“You can’t help the weather and it’s understandable people would say 'it’s too hot to go to the races today'.” 

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