Mid-year race meet gal­lops onto cal­en­dar

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Adam McCleery adam.mccleery@cnbtimes.com.au

HORSE RAC­ING: The first mid-year Gayndah race meet­ing out­side of the Or­ange Fes­ti­val is hap­pen­ing this week­end.

Gayndah Jockey Club sec­re­tary Peter Stro­hfeldt said he hoped sup­port would be as high as al­ways.

“Our Oc­to­ber meet­ings are our base meet­ings and the June Or­ange Fes­ti­val, within the two year cy­cle, has been the big event usu­ally,” Stro­hfeldt said.

“We are a lit­tle ap­pre­hen­sive about at­ten­dance this Satur­day be­cause it doesn’t co­in­cide with the fes­ti­val but we do ex­pect a rea­son­able crowd ei­ther way.”

The coun­try race meets across the North Bur­nett pro­vide a cru­cial op­por­tu­nity to up and com­ing jock­eys and Stro­hfeldt said all sup­port was crit­i­cal to the con­tin­ued suc­cess of the coun­try meets.

“The jock­eys get very few op­por­tu­ni­ties to ride so they jump at the chance to race in re­gions like this,” Stro­hfeldt said.

“We only get two races a year so we need all that sup­port.

“We al­ways get good spon­sor­ship and good pa­tron­age from the com­mu­nity.”

The race course is look­ing like it will once again pro­vide a good track for the races.

“The rain we had a few weeks ago was a god­send,” Stro­hfeldt said.

“We’ve got good grass cov­er­ages now, it will still be rated a good three track and we have no more rain pre­dicted this week­end.”

The first race will be­gin at 1.30pm on Satur­day, June 10 with a five race pro­gram with the last race ex­pected to be run at around 4.10pm.

“We will also have four book­mak­ers op­er­at­ing in the bet­ting ring and a li­censed bar,” Stro­hfeldt said.

“And fun for the kids too, be­ing pro­vided by the lo­cal kinder­garten.”

The pop­u­lar fash­ions on the field com­pe­ti­tion will also be hap­pen­ing again.

Tick­ets are $15 per adult.

❝ The rain we had a few weeks ago was a god­send, we’ve got good grass cov­er­age. — Peter Stro­hfeldt.

CLEAR SKIES: The weather is look­ing good for the June meet. PHOTOS: FILE

The crowd cheers on the races in Gayndah.

The race meet has a five race sched­ule.

Hyp­no­tiz­ing and Nus­kee Parker rac­ing at Gayndah.

Amy Van Der San­den rid­ing Trig­ger Lad to vic­tory in Gayndah.

Gayndah pro­vides great coun­try rac­ing.

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