Race meet postponed
RACING: The Rockhampton Jockey Club (RJC) TAB race meeting scheduled for today on the “all-weather” sand track has been transferred in full to next Tuesday.
RJC executive-manager Denis Cox explained that time and the elements had brought about the Queensland Racing Limited (QRL) decision to put back the program.
The new sand track had been seriously eroded with washouts from heavy rain over the Christmas-New Year period, so much so that markers had been placed around sections of the course preventing its use for morning track work.
“The extra 40ml of rain at Callaghan Park on Tuesday night and the follow up on Wednesday morning prevented machinery getting on to the track to fix the problems. We lost half a day on Wednesday and that made a difference,” Cox said.
Race starved trainers and jockeys deprived of an income with the previous washout of last week’s Tuesday Callaghan Park TAB meeting will welcome the QRL and RJC’s decision to transfer and not abandon the meeting.
Race fields programmed for today will remain intact for Tuesday with starting times rescheduled whereby the first of seven events is now timed for 12.46pm.
To every looser there is a winner and such is so with the Gladstone Turf Club (GTC) which races on the reliable sand circuit at Ferguson Park tomorrow.
Almost certainly on the back of trainers concerns earlier this week with the Rockhampton races being jeopardised, the GTC received some 64 entries.
As a consequence race fields there tomorrow are among the biggest for some considerable time.
Gladstone’s innovative and proactive chairman David Weinert predicts the meeting programmed to coincide with the Magic Millions hype will be a “beauty”.
“We have many holiday makers in the area and I’m sure a lot will get to our races. Our betting ring is among the strongest in Central Queensland and betting on the Magic Millions meeting at the Gold Coast should be frenzied. This looks like being a huge meeting for the club”, Weinert said.
Horses and jockeys from throughout country Queensland are Gladstone bound tomorrow where racing is certain to be first class. Officiating race starter will be Rockhampton’s Gary Fisher in the rare absence of Gladstone stalwart Bob Lisle.
Rockhampton’s Ron White yesterday paid $30,000 for a Dane Shadow yearling at the Magic Millions Yearling sale on the Gold Coast.