Rain won't sidetrack race day

Denis Cox says racegoers will be able to have a great time at the track even if forecast rain eventuates.
Denis Cox says racegoers will be able to have a great time at the track even if forecast rain eventuates. Sharyn O'Neill

DENIS Cox doesn't mind seeing a little rain before tomorrow afternoon, but not so much as to keep punters away from Rockhampton's first big social meet of the year.

The Rockhampton Jockey Club chief executive said a light soaking wouldn't do any harm to the Callaghan Park track ahead of tomorrow's St Patrick's Day Races, where more than 3000 people are expected.

Weather forecasters are predicting some heavy rain for the region in coming days, with the heavier falls expected from Sunday.

The weatherzone website yesterday forecast between 185mm and 370mm of rainfall for Rockhampton from today to Wednesday.

Mr Cox assured racegoers Callaghan Park was well set up to ensure everyone had a good time if it rained.

"We're pretty tough around here and if it does rain it shouldn't have that much of an effect," he said.

He said there were plenty of covered areas.

Bureau of Meteorology weather forecaster Tony Auden yesterday said the weatherzone forecast "wasn't out of the question".

While reluctant to forecast just how much rain would fall, he said he wouldn't be surprised if the region had more than 100mm.

"It's looking like Rockhampton and the Capricorn Coast will see some heavier rain," Mr Auden said.

"We have a fairly vigorous trough coming through.

"It looks as if it will reach as far south as Rockhampton during a very active phase."

The rain is expected to last at least through to the middle of next week before easing to showers.

Mr Auden said heavy rain could happen any time of the year in the tropics, but was usually less frequent after March.

So far this year, Rockhampton has had 288.2mm of rain, well down on the average of 368.2mm, the weatherzone website said.

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