100 club opens season
THE Gympie Turf Club launched this year's racing season with a bang on Saturday night with the 100 club prize draw.
Turf club president Spencer Slatter said the night went well with a good crowd, despite the weather.
He said the big winners were Gympie Printing owners Leanne and John Greaney, who took home the major award, a trip to the Melbourne Cup.
John Buckley Electrical won second prize, a trip for two to the Golden Slipper carnival in Sydney.
Slatter said one of the big attractions of the night was jockey Jimmy Cook.
Cook was a speaker and was interviewed on stage by former 4TAB radio commentator and guest compere Mark Forbes.
Slatter said Cook was very humorous and an entertaining speaker.
Cook's career as a jockey is currently on hold after racing accident, but he had ridden in Melbourne and all over the place, Slatter said.
"He is a bit of a legend on the country Queensland circuit.
"He is a bit of a larrikin and has a history of run-ins with stewards," Slatter said.
"It all went very well."
Slatter said the 100 club was one of the biggest fundraisers for the Turf Club.
"It is an important part of the club," he said.
"It is a great social event and gives our members a chance to be part of everything we do.
"It gets great support every year. We have in excess of 80% of members rejoin every year."
The first race day of 2012 will be the Saint Patrick's Race Day on March 17.
"We will make it something special," Slatter said.
"We will get the 100 club out of the way and start to look at bringing in some new ideas."