Desiree Gill.
Desiree Gill. Simon Young

Final Gympie race meet tinged with sadness

IT'S been an emotional two weeks for the family of jockey Desiree Gill, who died after a race fall at Caloundra on November 9.

On Monday her family joined close to 700 mourners at her funeral at the Pavilion beside her second home, the Southside race track.

Another emotional time was when racing returned to the Gympie sandtrack for the first time since the death of the Gympie champion.

Jockeys wore black armbands and their was a minute's silence on the track before the meeting.

The first Desiree Gill Memorial Maiden was raced in her honour.

Despite the sombre occasion there was still plenty of fun at the track at Gympie's last race day for the year.

The $3000 winner of the Fashion of the Field giveaway was drawn.

There would be a free jumping castle for children and an after party with Sneaky Pete entertaining the crowds.

Mr Slatter said there were plenty of marquees booked with many organisations holding Christmas parties.