Country racing thrives on community support
Gayndah meet a big hit
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.
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.