Coun­try rac­ing thrives on com­mu­nity sup­port

Gayndah meet a big hit

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Adam McCleery

GAYNDAH Jockey Club pres­i­dent Chris Sei­d­ner was thrilled with the turnout at the lat­est Gayndah Race meet with the North Bur­nett com­mu­nity showing up to sup­port coun­try rac­ing.

“It was ab­so­lutely great to see such a tremen­dous crowd to turn up and en­joy great rac­ing in great weather,” Mr Sei­d­ner said.

“And it is just tremen­dous to see the com­mu­nity sup­port for coun­try rac­ing be­cause we need all the sup­port that we can pos­si­bly get to bring coun­try rac­ing through the next few years.”

Mr Sei­d­ner said the race day was one of the big­ger ones Gayndah had hosted in a while.

“The races weren’t quiet all full be­cause of some late scratch­ings and me­chan­i­cal reasons with travel,” Mr Sei­d­ner said.

“With that said it was still some of the big­gest fields we have had here in some time and the fin­ishes were all close which made for ex­cit­ing view­ing.”

A num­ber of the races on the five race line up had tight fin­ishes which added to the ex­cite­ment.

“A lot of the horses hit­ting the line at the same time is very ex­cit­ing and that is what good rac­ing is all about,” Mr Sei­d­ner said.

There were a cou­ple of mi­nor hic­cups dur­ing the day with two horses buck­ing their jock­eys off, one at the start­ing gate and an­other on its way to the start­ing gate.

One horse held up the sec­ond race as it ran laps around the track be­fore course stew­ards were able to bring it in.

Mr Sei­d­ner said that those are si­t­u­a­tions that can’t be pre­dicted and safe guards are al­ways put in place.

“They are just un­for­tu­nate rac­ing in­ci­dents that do hap­pen from time to time,” Mr Sei­d­ner said.”

“All those guys and girls who work for us are highly skilled with horses and for them is was like an­other day in the of­fice and they can han­dle it pretty well.”

De­spite the mi­nor hic­cups Mr Sei­d­ner said the day went off great and wanted to ex­tend his thanks to the com­mu­nity.

“We would also like to ac­knowl­edge the busi­ness houses that got behind us and sup­ported us in var­ied ways,” Mr Sei­d­ner said.

“With­out their sup­port we couldn’t get to the fu­ture ei­ther, I hope to see every­one back for the Oc­to­ber meet­ing.”

All of the races at the Gayndah Race Day came down to the wire.

PHO­TOS: ADAM MCCLEERY

CHEER­ING THEM ON: The crowds were out to en­joy an af­ter­noon of rac­ing.

Gayndah vet­eri­nar­ian Nathan Hitch­cock cel­e­brates with the crowd as they bring in the run­away horse.

Race stew­ards and staff at­tempt to slow the run­away horse.

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