Gayndah to celebrate derby
VISITORS and Gayndah locals will gather on Saturday, October 13, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Queensland Derby.
The main reason to celebrate is the fact that Gayndah is the oldest jockey club in Queensland, but it is also a chance to remember the first Queensland Derby which was held in Gayndah.
The day will have a sixrace program instead of the usual five races, due to the inclusion of a 1900m race to honour the first Queensland derby, which was held at this distance.
Gayndah Race Club president Stuart Kirk said the derby was a significant event for Gayndah.
“It’s not just about celebrating racing but also the long history of the event,” Mr Kirk said.
He hoped it would be a successful event for the community.
“All the accommodation is booked out,” he said.
Mr Kirk said that more than 800 people had shown interest in the event on Facebook but he hoped more than 1500 would attend on the day. There are two types of tickets for the event.
The first are marquee tickets which include beer and wine, as well as food cooked by My Kitchen Rules winners Dan and Steph.
These tickets are $120 each and can be bought online, via the Gayndah Jockey Club Facebook page.
General entry tickets cost $25 and will be available at the gate. Gates will open at 11am. There will be bookmakers on course during the day.
Food vans and bar facilities will also be available. A Fashions on the Field competition will also be held.
OFF AND RACING: There will be a six-race meet to celebrate the history of racing in Gayndah on Saturday, October 13.