It was an all-female affair at the sold-out Port Hedland races on Sunday as six races were won by women jockeys. Port Hedland Turf Club organisers were thrilled with the turnout in the first meeting since the revamped community centre there opened last month. Kristy Bennett took out the first two races, both 1200m handicaps, on Galiba and Amelia’s Belief. Race three, also 1200m was taken out by Rosie Mahoney on Rosa Ballerina. Port Hedland Turf Club treasurer and secretary Amy Mann said the race was a huge success. “It was a really good race overall,” Ms Mann said. “Great atmosphere, we had the crowd numbers that we were expecting. It was a sell-out event. “This season for the first full race meet, we’ve actually increased capacity numbers from 399 to 700. So the fact that we’re selling out with almost double capacity as well, it’s completely amazed us.” Ms Mann said she believed that the new community centre was the reason for the races’ success. “I think the new building probably has a lot to do with it, people willing to come down and see the new facilities and utilise that,” Ms Mann said. “But I also think because we didn’t race last year. The Port Hedland races is one of the biggest social events on the calendars within Port Hedland. I think everyone’s just happy that that they’ve got something to do now on the weekends. “It’s different from just going to the pub on the weekends. It’s something that Hedland’s been missing in the last 12 to 18 months.” Ms Mann said construction of the community centre had brought the races to a halt as the club had struggle to find a space to utilise. “Due to construction delays we weren’t able to occupy the building in time for the race season,” Ms Mann said. “Due to the construction going around that we didn’t even have vacant land to utilise, we had nothing. It meant the track was not raceworthy because there was rubble and debris and stuff everywhere.” Kyra Yuill won race four (1300m) on Our Kiwi Princess, and race five (1400m) was taken out by Beaux Banovic-Edwards on Finest Clobber. Bennett finished the day with her third victory in the final race on Rommel’s Return.