Eidsvold Races ride into town
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.
THEY’RE OFF: The dust was well settled on the field at the Eidsvold Races.
Dr Quincy in the lead during the first race of the day at the Eidsvold Races.