Eidsvold Races ride into town

Central and North Burnett Times - - RACING - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

THIS Satur­day, the Eidsvold Races will once again wow spec­ta­tors with some high level horse rac­ing.

The Eidsvold Races have been go­ing for 129 years, and this year’s cup will have $9000 prize­money up for grabs.

The first race will kick off at 1.30pm at the Eidsvold Show­grounds, a 1350 me­tre Open Hand­i­cap rid­den by Dar­ryl Gar­diner, Max Smith, Bob Mur­ray, Rodney Hay and Pa­trick Sex­ton.

Bruce Chiene In­sur­ance Bro­kers, a Syd­ney-based in­sur­ance firm that has spon­sored the races for the past 10 years, will spon­sor the first race.

There will be a to­tal of five races run­ning through­out the day, with 41 en­trants all up, with the fi­nal race set to go at 4.20pm.

Be­tween races four and five, the best of the field will be judged and an­nounced.

The other races will be spon­sored by Star Ho­tel, Slaters Road Ser­vices, Eidsvold Ru­ral and the Past Mem­bers Me­mo­rial.

Through­out the day there will be food and entertainment for all the fam­ily, in­clud­ing a jump­ing cas­tle and Lego tent.

There will be a donut and fairy floss stand, soft serve ice cream and cof­fee stand, can­teen and bar and a bar­be­cue set up by the race club.

Eidsvold Race Club pres­i­dent Lyle Mur­ray said they had taken the cur­rent heat wave into ac­count and have pro­ce­dures set up to keep the horses com­fort­able and healthy.

“We’ve got ice bins we can run wa­ter through to cool horses down af­ter the race and plenty of shade, and two ve­teri­nary sur­geons on hand,” Mr Mur­ray said.

On a rac­ing front, lo­cal trainer Bob Mur­ray will have five horses run­ning: Like My Brother, Tiver­ton, Bit­ten, By­ron Babe and Shada Pa­ree.

Oakey trainer Dale Mur­ray will make an as­sault and bring four horses back to his home town: Za Bubbles, Black­more Vale, Ex­cep­tional Lass and Tramps ‘n’ Thieves.

Monto Race Club Pres­i­dent Mark Hut­ton is set to have his horse Al’s Brief’s in the Eidsvold Cup, trained by for­mer Eidsvold horse trainer Dar­ryl Gar­diner.

Dar­ryl, now train­ing out of Bund­aberg, will bring some of his own horses as well: Minto’s Lass and Craiglea Bar­riner.

Al’s Brief’s ran a good sec­ond at Bund­aberg last Satur­day and is look­ing to add the Eidsvold Cup to his list of wins.

There will be a free cour­tesy bus from Mun­dub­bera with book­ings at the Royal Ho­tel, 4165 4202 depart­ing at 12.30pm, and a free bus from Eidsvold with pick-up at Apex Park and Star Ho­tel, leav­ing the park at noon and 1pm.

Buses leave at 5pm and 6pm, but the Eidsvold Race Club will keep the bar run­ning for those who de­cide to stick around a lit­tle longer.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

THEY’RE OFF: The dust was well set­tled on the field at the Eidsvold Races.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

Dr Quincy in the lead dur­ing the first race of the day at the Eidsvold Races.

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