Get ready to rock ‘n’ roll
THE Gympie Times Ladies Race Day tomorrow is sure to deliver not only a great day for the ladies but also for all racegoers with a raft of new attractions and prizes to be won at the Gympie Racecourse.
Ladies will receive free admission and be treated to a pamper station (courtesy of Your Serenity) and a photo booth will operate.
Fashions of the Field is sure to be the centre of attention, and a Buff Boys competition will also prove popular.
Great prizes of two nights accommodation at Noosa Springs Spa Retreat and a white gold diamond cluster pendant courtesy of Mia Bella Jewellery will be won by entrants in the Gympie Times competition.
Entry forms must be in by 2pm and winners must be present to collect their prize after the draw.
The racing program should produce five competitive events with a total of 43 horses nominated on a weekend when entries are below average in all country centres racing this Saturday.
Unique Fuse, Gympie's '14-'15 Horse of the Year, Foregone and the well-performed Glenthorn Avenue were included in the entries for the 1170m Open.
FURTHER afield, Longreach will be in the spotlight with the Western Queensland Drought Appeal Longreach Cup meeting the focus of fundraising efforts.
For the first time, UBET will operate on the Longreach races with profits from the day's betting going to the Drought Appeal.
Excellent fields will contest the six-race card with 81 acceptors, including a full field of 14 in the $15,000 Cup.
Gold Coast race caller Steve Hawkins will call the Longreach races. Hawkins, along with Stan Johnston of Craiglea Stud, were prime movers earlier this year in raising funds and supporting the drought-ravaged western districts.
Johnston conducted hay drives to the west and Hawkins was instrumental in providing iPads for all families involved with the Longreach School of the Air.
The Craiglea team is taking a group of horses to race at Longreach and one of their number will run for the Drought Appeal and then be auctioned after the races to add to the money raised.
A colt is born
THE incomparable Black Caviar delivered her second foal on Wednesday when she produced a colt by Sebring. Her first foal, a filly by Exceed and Excell, in now a yearling.
SHORT course specialist Jeptoo set a track record in winning the 800m BM 60 at Nanango and may now go on to contest the $120,000 Cannonball Series on the provincial circuit.
The Brad Hudson-trained Charge Forward mare ran the 800m in 45.37 sec on the good 3 track, scoring by 1½ lengths from the $1.95 favourite, Latin American, after leading all the way.
Heats of the Cannonball Series ($16,000 races) will be run, all over 800m, at Kilcoy (2 heats), Ipswich (2 heats) and Warwick, with the $30,000 Final to be run at Kilcoy on December 6.
Prior to her Nanango win Jeptoo had won over 800m at Esk as well as placings over similar distances at Kilcoy and Gatton.
Andrew Green has taken the reins as president of Nanango Race Club from the long-serving John Lee who did not seek re-election.
The Taroom Cup will be run this Saturday with the $10,000 Celebrate Country race over 1400m and Gladstone also has a $10,000 Celebrate Country race on its program tomorrow.