Free entry for punters after race ‘roobellion’
THE Mareeba Annuals will still go ahead tomorrow but without the horses after long-tailed vandals dug holes in the racetrack.
The races have been moved to Cairns’ Cannon Park but punters, partygoers and fashion entrants are still invited to the Mareeba Turf Club to let their hair down.
The decision to move the races came on Wednesday after an inspection of the track by Racing Queensland, horse trainers and Mareeba Turf Club officials.
Earlier this year the club received a grant to put up a fence to help keep kangaroos and wallabies off the track but it has not been completed.
Mareeba Turf Club secretary John Thurlow said it would be business as usual at the track tomorrow, just without the live racing action.
He said it was regrettable but promised everyone that the committee would provide plenty of off-track entertainment to make the day memorable.
“This year the wallabies and kangaroos have been worse than usual because it has been so dry,” he said.
“The roo fence has not been completed but hopefully we won’t have this trouble in the future.
“Every afternoon there are more than 100 wallabies digging up the track.
“Obviously we’re upset that we can’t have such a big race day on our track but it will still be a great day and we urge everyone to come along.”
Mr Thurlow said it would be a free entry now and there would still be live entertainment, human races, food, drinks and betting available.
Prizes will be up for grabs with off-track activities and Fashions on the Field.
“Boxing Day is the next meet and the fence will be finished and the track refurbished in time for the day,” he said. Gates will open at 11am. For more updates see the Mareeba Turf Club Facebook page.
Mareeba Turf Club president Bob Archie looks at the holes created by wallabies and kangaroos on the racetrack.