Spring rac­ing fever

X-Fac­tor win­ner Dami Im to en­ter­tain crowd at top race meet

Central and North Burnett Times - - GAYNDAH RACES - Shirley Way shirley.way@cnbtimes.com.au

GAYN­DAH’S spring rac­ing meet is set to be a thor­ough­bred event for race­go­ers, train­ers and jock­eys.

Gayn­dah Horse and Jockey Club pres­i­dent Chris Sei­d­ner said in ad­di­tion to a “very fine and very fast” track, this week’s races would re­veal in­no­va­tions.

“As of Oc­to­ber 1, Queens­land Rac­ing has in­creased prize­money for all races across Queens­land,” Mr Sei­d­ner said.

With a $40,000 prize pool on of­fer and 67 nom­i­na­tions re­ceived, he was keen to see a full track – 12 horses per race – on Satur­day, plus enough pun­ters to keep the four on-site book­mak­ers busy.

“Rac­ing is still about the peo­ple who come to the races,” he said.

“Young peo­ple will pro­vide the next gen­er­a­tion of race­go­ers. We’d like more young peo­ple to be­come ac­tive mem­bers of the club.”

With that firmly in mind, the club has worked with Golden Orange Ho­tel-Mo­tel owner Ken Mogg to cre­ate a fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence.

At the VIP Mar­quee, race­go­ers will be served wine and canapes, and rub shoul­ders with X-Fac­tor Aus­tralia 2013 win­ner Dami Im, who will sing be­tween Races 4 and 5.

There will also be a fully su­per­vised area for younger chil­dren, with a jumping cas­tle and face paint­ing.

“Par­ents can feel free, kids can have a good time,” Mr Sei­d­ner said.

“Queens­land coun­try rac­ing has suf­fered a de­cline in the past and we want to in­crease th­ese num­bers and get peo­ple in­ter­ested.

“In the last five years, we’ve had drought and flood and we want peo­ple to for­get those woes and en­joy the day out.”

For Gayn­dah res­i­dents, buses will run from the Grand Ho­tel and Golden Orange Ho­tel-Mo­tel, and a cour­tesy taxi can be booked on 4161 1092.

PHOTO: CLAU­DIA BAXTER

BIG PRIZE POOL: Crowds are ex­pected to de­scend on Gayn­dah race­track this week­end to en­joy the spring races.

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