Spring racing fever
X-Factor winner Dami Im to entertain crowd at top race meet
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.
BIG PRIZE POOL: Crowds are expected to descend on Gayndah racetrack this weekend to enjoy the spring races.