The races are back on at Bowen

Whit­sun­day Cup fea­tures 5 great races

Whitsunday Times - - CHILL - Dane Lilling­stone dane.lilling­stone@ whit­sun­day­

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@ big­


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.

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