Scare ... John McIntyre.

Scare ... John McIntyre. Photo: Stuart Walmsley

Canberra Raiders chairman John McIntyre collapsed at Queanbeyan races yesterday and was taken by ambulance to hospital.

He was in a stable condition last night in Queanbeyan Hospital.

McIntyre was enjoying yesterday's meeting when he fell ill. Paramedics tended to him before taking him to hospital as a precaution.

The colourful Queanbeyan personality still had his wits about him though, giving his winning ticket for God's Reward - which won the first race - to friends so they could collect it for him.

McIntyre's illness forced races to be pushed back and he missed seeing his horse Gypsy Jack run fifth in the third event.

Last night he said he was fine and was undergoing precautionary tests.

''It's just the aftermath of some flu I picked up overseas,'' McIntyre told The Canberra Times.

''I was just at the races and one of [racing's] Cleary family called the medicos and they thought they'd better take me off to hospital and have a check-up. It's nothing drastic.''

McIntyre's father Les was the Raiders' inaugural chairman.