READY TO RACE: Peter Maddocks and Santa (aka Colin Betts) prepare for a big race day in Gympie this Saturday.
READY TO RACE: Peter Maddocks and Santa (aka Colin Betts) prepare for a big race day in Gympie this Saturday. Tom Daunt

DECK THE HALLS

RACING: It is not every day that Santa drops in on the Gympie Turf Club but Saturday's Digger's Cup will have a festive season twist when gallopers jump for the last time this year on the sand track.

Santa (aka Colin Betts) will be busy handing out treats to the kids and betting vouchers to the adults but despite the light-hearted theme, the Digger's Cup is steeped in tradition.

Being held for the third consecutive year, the race was a mainstay on the racing calender for decades before a break saw it removed.

But now that it is back, Gympie Turf Club president Shane Gill said it was pleasing the digger's legacy could be carried on.

"It is good to see.

"The younger generation needs to know, people may not appreciate all the digger's have done for us,” Gill said.

Peter Maddocks from the Gympie RSL sub-branch said the races were a fantastic opportunity for veterans and members of Australia's defence forces to get together and talk about their experiences.

"The Digger's Cup started about 50 years ago,” he said.

"We (RSL) sponsor events like this to get veterans out of the house and get together,” he said.

"There is a big veteran community in Gympie.”

The Digger's Cup signifies the end of the Gympie racing calendar for 2016.

Gill said this year had seen a resurgence in the interest of racing in town with Saturday's event a fitting way to finish off.

"It has been a great year and exceeded all expectations,” he said.

Gates open at 11am.

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