Bumper crowds tipped for races
RACING: More than 2000 racegoers and fashion fanatics will flock to the Keppel Bay Park for the GJ Gardner Home Yeppoon New Market meeting.
The event will be the Yeppoon Turf Club's biggest meeting, with five races, including the Open Handicap, 1200m, with the first place prize of $4000.
Jockey Craig Beets will hit the track with Tszyu in the lead race against six others, including Norma King with Jy's Prospect.
The annual event is in line with the Derby Day races in Melbourne and the first Flemington race will be at 11.30am.
The first of the five local races will be at 1.30pm and the last at 5.15pm.
But the day isn't just about the racing.
As tradition has it, the fields will not only host horses, but also fashion.
The event will hold its Fashion on the Field event, with a fashion parade and a best-dressed competition.
The president of the Yeppoon Turf Club, Greg Simpson, said the meeting had always been successful.
“Every year women come beautifully dressed from Rockhampton and Yeppoon,” he said.
“We also have a cocktail bar for the girls that has got so popular - even boys get around to it.”
It will also cater for children with face painting and a jumping castle available, which promises a family outing.
“It is a very social picnic type atmosphere where people have a day at the races and have a good time,” he said. It's one of three meetings the club hosts each year.
The spectators will kick on at the Pacific Hotel. Buses will run from Keppel Park to the hotel.
GJ Gardner Home Yeppoon New Market meeting's doors will open at 11.30am and will close at 5.30pm.