Mid-year race meet gallops onto calendar
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.