All roads lead to the Burrandowan races
TURF TOPICS: The iconic Burrandowan Picnic Race meeting is scheduled for tomorrow week at the picturesque "middle of nowhere” Burrandowan racetrack west of Kingaroy.
The Burrandowan Picnics began in 1922 and the event has remained very popular in the decades since.
The event has evolved into a fully professional race meeting, with the days of grass fed horses and amateur jockeys long gone.
The main event on this year's five race card at Burrandowan is the $10,000 Burrandowan Cup, a Benchmark 50 Handicap to be run over 1740m.
Supporting races carry $8000 in prize money with a QTIS three-year-old Handicap offering $32,000 for QTIS fillies, $26,000 for three-year-old males and $14,000 for non-QTIS runners.
The Burrandowan Picnic Race Club will pay $100 travel rebates to horses that do not earn any prize money at the meeting as recom- pense for the long and often dusty trek to Burrandowan.
Bundaberg races this Saturday with an initial nomination of 41 (44 after extension) for the five race card with the QTIS BM 50 attracting 16 entries.
Kilcoy has a TAB meeting on Friday, May 12 with a QTIS race similar to that at Burrandowan and carrying the same prize money.
Kilcoy will also race on June 3 with the Beaudesert Hibernian meeting set down for June 3 being transferred to Kilcoy due to the damage wreaked by Cyclone Debbie on the Beaudesert track.
This card includes a 2475m BM 60 with standard non-TAB prize money of $7000 allocated.
The 1500m Jandowae Cup is also set down for May 20 with the race carrying $7000 in prize money.
LOOKING further ahead, the Gayndah Cup is programmed for its traditional Stradbroke Day date of June 10.
This year's Gayndah Cup carries total prize money of $9500 and will be contested over 1400m.
GATTON has a Sunday TAB meeting on June 11 to stage the 2000m Gatton Cup, which is worth $20,000 with the Cup supported by the Lockyer Lightning a BM 70 over 1100m of $10,000.
Three Cup Challenge
GYMPIE-trained contenders for this years $5000 XXXX Gold Three Cups Trainers Challenge face a bit of a hurdle with the Gympie track closed from this weekend for the Gympie Show.
The first of the Three cups is the RSL Cup, due to be run on June 24, which gives local trainers only about a month of trackwork after the Gympie Show to finish the preparation of horses for the 1470m race.
The Racecourse stables have to be vacated by this Sunday, with horses and trainers either having a short spell or else transferring to alternative tracks to work horses.
As usual, some have elected to transfer to Wondai or the Sunshine Coast to work horses if not electing to spell their charges until after the show.
The RSL Cup, a $10,000 Benchmark 65 race, forms the first leg of the XXXX Gold Challenge with the other legs made up of the Muster Cup (August 19) and Gympie Cup (October 28).
To be eligible for the $5000 prize horses must start in at least two of the three cups including the Gympie Cup.