The races are back on at Bowen
Whitsunday Cup features 5 great races
GET your favourite frock or suit and tie ready and grab the form guide because Bowen Turf Club is about to host its first race day for 2017.
After having to cancel a meet in April due to Cyclone Debbie, the turf club is set to host the Whitsunday Cup on Saturday.
There will be five country races on the day, with a bar, drinks and food available as well as TAB and bookmakers on site.
The club is hoping people will be out in force this year and it’s already shaping up to be one of the biggest race days yet.
Bowen Turf Club secretary Emily Harvey said while the club was still recovering from cyclone damage, it was ready to host a quality day of races.
“It’s a relief. It was touch and go there. We’ve had a fair bit of damage but we’re confident and ready now to do something to help cheer up the community,” she said.
“Bowen and Proserpine have been through a lot and this will be a good day to relax.”
The track has been repaired but the turf club lost some buildings in the cyclone and have installed temporary fencing for the race meet.
“We haven’t been able to rebuild the buildings we’ve lost yet but the track is fine,” Ms Harvey said.
“The bar building is intact ... and it will pretty much be the same as any other race day.
“It’s going to be good to see a big crowd enjoy the day and we hope as many people as possible will come along and have a great time.”
Gates will open at 11am, with the first race at 1.30pm.
Spots are already selling fast for their big Bowen Cup on September 30.
Punters wishing to book a marquee should email bowenturfclub@ bigpond.com.
GIDDY UP: The first Bowen Turf Club race day for the year will be held on Saturday. The track has been repaired but temporary fencing will take the place of some of the buildings lost in the cyclone.