Off and rac­ing for tra­di­tion

Tablelands Advertiser - - SPORT - An­drea Falvo

MORE than 2000 peo­ple are ex­pected to con­tinue their fes­tive cel­e­bra­tions trackside for a day of coun­try rac­ing, fash­ion and en­ter­tain­ment at Ma­reeba’s Box­ing Day races.

Gates at the Ma­reeba Turf Club will open at 11am on Mon­day and the five race pro­gram will kick off at 1pm. The last race will be held at 4.30pm and gates will close at 5pm.

The pop­u­lar hu­man horse race will be back again this year, with $200 cash up for grabs after the fi­nal race.

There will also be a wa­ter slide for the kids, en­ter­tain­ment from lo­cal band Care­less un­til 8pm on the night and the hotly con­tested fash­ions on the field.

Lo­cal race­goer, Michelle Acha said at­tend­ing the Box­ing Day races had be­come a tra­di­tion in town.

“It’s the best race day of the year,” she said.

“It’s a good so­cial gath­er­ing after Christ­mas and it’s a tra­di­tion in Ma­reeba.

“You get to catch up with ev­ery­one that’s back for Christ­mas as well as see all the lo­cals.”

Ma­reeba Turf Club sec­re­tary John Thur­low said this year’s event was shap­ing up to be the big­gest one to date, with al­most 60 mar­quees booked for the day.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to it and it’ll be a great day at again,” Mr Thur­low said.

“It’s our saviour race day of the year and it’s be­com­ing a bit of a tra­di­tion.

“Last year was our big­gest one and we had about 2000 peo­ple. I think this year we’ll pass that.”

This year the fash­ions on the field will have some­thing for the whole fam­ily, with cat­e­gories in­clud­ing best dressed young race­goer (12 years and un­der), most fash­ion­able young gent (13-19 years), most fash­ion­able young lady (13-19 years), best dressed male (20 years and over), fash­ion­ably fab­u­lous fe­male (20-39 years), style and grace (ages over 40 years) and a com­bined ladies and gents cat­e­gory in sum­mer­time cool with class.

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