Industry veteran remains on track
Leigh lends helping hand at Gayndah race meeting
LEIGH Farrell once owned a share in a race horse. That association ended more than 40 years ago but ever since he has felt a kinship with the world of horse racing.
While he no longer has ties to any particular horse, Mr Farrell is still involved in the thoroughbred racing industry just not in an official capacity.
Instead, the 61-year-old volunteers his time to the Gayndah Jockey Club and was on deck when the club hosted a race meet on Saturday.
“I’m not part of the jockey club but I choose to help out around the place in the lead-up to the races,” Mr Farrell said.
“Things like cleaning out the toilets and making sure we don’t have any frogs or anything making it their home.”
Mr Farrell said country race meets have an atmosphere all of their own and declared the North Burnett lucky to have three race tracks still hosting meets.
“It’s a bit of a shame that other places like Eidsvold and Mount Perry only get one race a year but that is still better than the alternative,” he said.
“Gayndah being able to retain two a year is a good thing as well.”
Mr Farrell has been a dedicated member of the Gayndah Jockey Club for 15 years and said that while on the surface it doesn’t look like much had changed, the club is always working at ways to improve each race race meet.
“The course is good and has its own unique type of flavour,” he said.
“I think people get a lot of fun out of these race days.”
Mr Farrell said while there was plenty of support for the race meetings, he
❝ I’m not part of the jockey club but I choose to help out around the place in the lead-up to the races. — Leigh Farrell
was hopeful others would consider joining the volunteer ranks to help keep racing alive in Gayndah.
“We are actually in need of some more volunteers already,” he said.
“It would be good to see the next generation of supporters get on board and help out.”
Mr Farrell said horse racing was a passion and volunteering allowed him to remain involved in the industry.
“I enjoy being able to help out where I can and be a part of getting the races going,” he said.
“I had that share in a race horse over 40 years ago so my association with the sport goes back quite a while.”
Mr Farrell surrendered his investment in the race horse after it did not win a race. Unfortunately, not long after he pulled out of the syndicate the horse started to produce results.
“I probably pulled out at the wrong time,” Mr Farrell said.
Mr Farrell said there was not a lot associated with owning a share in a horse, although you could help with the naming.
“If I remember right, you have to submit three names for consideration,” he said.
“And after a race horse is retired that name is not able to be used for a period of time.”
DEDICATED VOLUNTEER: Leigh Farrell helps keep track of things at the Gayndah Jockey Club.