Races take over the re­gion

Mo­ran­bah Race Club of­fers $45,000 in prize­money for fea­ture race day

Central Queensland News - - SPORT - TURN­BULL’S TURF TALK RICHARD TURN­BULL

THE Mo­ran­bah Rac­ing Club’s big­gest day of the year, their spring car­ni­val meet­ing, is upon us and a coun­try race day has never shaped up big­ger in the coal cap­i­tal of Queens­land.

Make sure you are part of the crowd when the Mo­ran­bah races get un­der way on Satur­day, Novem­ber 11 at Trea­sure Park.

The Isaac Re­gional Coun­cil is the ma­jor spon­sor and the mayor of Anne Baker said the coun­cil was ex­tremely proud to be in­volved again with the iconic spring race day community event.

The fea­ture event on the pro­gram will be the $10,000 Isaac Re­gional Coun­cil Cup over 1550 me­tres.

A Trea­sure Park race day of­fers a vi­brant at­mos­phere for friends and fam­i­lies to get to­gether and en­joy a social out­ing or a friendly punt.

Newly elected Mo­ran­bah Race Club pres­i­dent Si­mon Phillips said the club would be ob­serv­ing Re­mem­brance Day with an An­zac Day trib­ute and a minute’s si­lence.

He said Bur­dekin’s ALP can­di­date Mike Brunker would present awards to the win­ning jock­eys.

Brunker is the rul­ing $2 favourite to take out the seat of Bur­dekin with bet­ting con­glom­er­ate Sports­bet at time of print­ing, af­ter the min­ing strongholds of Mo­ran­bah and Mid­dle­mount were in­cluded in the elec­torate with the change in the state’s elec­torate bound­aries.

Brunker is an avid punter and a big fan of rac­ing and will be a strong voice for the rac­ing in­dus­try in the newly formed elec­torate.

Club vice pres­i­dent John Juhas said hoped the $45,000 in prize money on of­fer would en­sure top qual­ity coun­try rac­ing.

Juhas said the fash­ions on the field com­pe­ti­tion was al­ways hotly con­tested and the fash­ions were an in­te­gral part of the suc­cess of the day.

Mo­ran­bah folk are al­ways ea­ger to be part of the fash­ion, lo­cals and vis­i­tors alike, ladies, gents and chil­dren all take the time to dress to im­press and try their luck in the com­pe­ti­tion.

The fash­ions of the field will in­clude many fan­tas­tic prizes to the lucky win­ners.

There will be plenty of op­tions for the kid­dies with entertainment to keep them busy through­out the day.

Mu­si­cal act Bare­back will per­form af­ter the last race and rock on well into the night per­form­ing many favourite songs through­out the day.

Gates open at 10.30am and en­try is $15.

There will be buses run­ning fre­quently to and from the Mo­ran­bah Work­ers Club through­out the day and into the night.

PHOTO: ALI KUCHEL

THEY’RE RAC­ING: The fea­ture event on the pro­gram will be the $10,000 Isaac Re­gional Coun­cil Cup over 1550 me­tres.

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