AND THEY’RE RACING! Cheryl Wakefield and Billie-Rose Derbyshire test out the Gympie race track ahead of Saturday’s Dash for Cash.
AND THEY’RE RACING! Cheryl Wakefield and Billie-Rose Derbyshire test out the Gympie race track ahead of Saturday’s Dash for Cash. Greg Miller

All bets are off in the dash for cash

IT won't just be horses racing at the Gympie Turf Club on Saturday.

After the thoroughbreds round the track for the fifth and final race of the day, dozens of eager human contestants will line up for a 100m sprint down the sand straight for a chance to win $100 cash, and the honour of Gympie's first Dash for Cash winners.

"We're trying out this new event for a bit of fun, possibly looking towards something bigger in 2015," Turf Club president Spencer Slatter said.

"There will be a men's and women's race, and people can nominate at the track.

"It should be a good way to end the day with something a bit different."

The Dash for Cash will be just one of the many attractions at the annual Christmas Party Race Day, which will be the final opportunity to hit the track until the next race day in March, 2015.

Good nominations have been taken so far, with the five-race program on the day to be headlined by the 1470m Gympie RLSA Diggers Cup BM60, carrying prize money of $7000.

Trackside action will be highlighted by the Fashions on the Field major prize giveaway of $3000, with all the finalists from throughout the year to line up for a shot at the cash.

"This is always a big day for us and we're expecting over 1000 people on Saturday," Slatter said.

"A lot of businesses choose the races as a convenient place to hold their Christmas parties."

Gates open at 11am before racing kicks off at 1pm, with entry $10 for adults, $5 for pensioners and free for anyone under 18.