Calliope calamities can't reoccur
IT IS hard to believe but it is “beginning to look like Christmas”.
Accordingly, we are all starting to make plans both festive and racing for the silly season.
Down at Calliope a very special occasion will be celebrated on Boxing Day, December 26 – the Calliope Gold Cup Race Day.
Okay – it is the club's annual race meeting but a very special one at that.
It is the 100th year of racing at Calliope which is a wonderful feat.
Like so many once-a-year race clubs, Calliope is held together by a small, but dedicated bunch of people who put on the annual show so the racing industry participants can get to earn a dollar or two.
These good hearted people at Calliope also give of their time and money for the sake of the town and district as well – it is called community pride a quality we should all uphold.
Now I'm not going to beat about the bush here and say that everything was Hunky Dory at the last Calliope Boxing Day meeting.
It wasn't - the barrier stalls created mechanical problems and that left a sour taste in the mouths of trainers, owners and jockeys alike.
As well, I think a few more professional barrier attendants were also needed.
Now I'm getting right behind the Calliope Centenary race meeting and already I have been assured by Racing Queensland Limited officials that the barriers will be fully operational this year.
“I can assure you they will be thoroughly checked out and worked upon weeks before the Boxing Day meeting this year at Calliope. I'll also be going down to have a look at the track some weeks ahead,” chief stipendiary steward Luke Collins told me this week.
Naturally, I'll be following up on the stalls saga because as far as I am concerned that was the only problem last year.
Calliope is a quaint little track steeped in history and it really needs the support of trainers – particularly those in Rockhampton to get down there and support it this year.
Now the prizemoney on offer is more than that which attracted good fields at Yeppoon's Keppel Park last Saturday.
So it is out in the open about the problem with the barriers and it is going to be thoroughly addressed so join the festivities trainers and get behind the Calliope Race Club on Boxing Day.
If you are a racing lover and haven't been to Calliope as a racegoers, it is a charming venue in a bush setting.
I'll let you in on a well kept secret as well – the homemade food there is unreal as a former (bigger) me can swear to.