Leo (left) and Jim Neill-Ballantine prepare the winners’ enclosure at Calliope.
Leo (left) and Jim Neill-Ballantine prepare the winners’ enclosure at Calliope. Brett Mcwaters

Club on track for success

THE Calliope Jockey Club will stage its 100th annual race meeting at its unique rural setting today.

Race club officials are delighted with the response from industry stakeholders with a large contingent of horses to contest the five-race program.

"The grounds are looking good and we are catering for a large, happy family crowd," Calliope Jockey Club secretary Chris Neill-Ballantine said.

Neill-Valentine said today's meeting is expected to compensate for the club's 100th race meeting which became a victim of the floods on Boxing Day last year.

"The track has benefited from recent rain and, weather permitting overnight, it should be in first-class condition," she said.

The feature race on the cards is the Centenary Calliope Cup in which a strong line-up of open class sprinters is engaged.

The Mackay-trained Kamboja looks ideally placed and the short-course specialist should give punters plenty to cheer about.

Racegoers are invited to make use of the camping facilities on course and are welcome to stay after the races for the entertainment.

The first of the five races commences at 1.30pm.



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