Extra govt funding attracts record field at Eidsvold
A RECORD number of nominations for this Saturday's Eidsvold Cup meeting illustrate the benefits of the $1 million extra funding for country racing provided by the LNP government this season.
With base prizemoney for all of the smaller country clubs being boosted to $6000 a race, owners and trainers have responded with 62 horses nominated for Eidsvold's five-race card on Saturday.
With the available QTIS money for the maiden included, total prizemoney at Eidsvold is $35,000 with the 1350m Vincents Chartered Accountants Eidsvold Cup of $7000.
Despite the difficult times, Eidsvold and Mundubbera businesses have provided excellent sponsorship for the day.
Good field at Eidsvold
Eidsvold's 62 nominations compares very favourably with 64 at Beaudesert this Saturday, 39 at Roma and 93 at Toowoomba's TAB meeting.
It seems likely that there will be the most ever starters at a race meeting in Eidsvold this Saturday and there could be a problem in finding sufficient tie-up stalls to accommodate all of the runners.
With free admission and a complimentary drink for all racegoers, a crowd record could also be set at Eidsvold.
Sponsorship by the Qld Gas Company has enabled the club to offer the free admission with the day nominated as a Flood Recovery Event for the hard-hit North Burnett area.
Harney to carry 61kg
Last year's Gympie Cup winner, Harney has been allocated 61kg in the cup (a Bemchmark 65) with I'm the One, top-weight on 64.5kg.
Another Gympie trained galloper, Metaphysical, which was fourth in the Gympie Cup, is weighted at 57kg for the trophy race drawing 11 nominations.
Harney (to be ridden by 3kg claimer Chelsea Jokic) was a promising fourth at Caloundra at his last outing and should be in top form with three runs back from a spell, under his belt.
Rain hits hard
The Gympie racing surface was hard-hit by this week's downpours with major damage caused by deep washouts to several areas of the track.
Sand was washed off the track from the 1170m turn out of the straight to past the 800m with even the track base damaged. Other washouts occurred at the 600m and the home turn.
Basic repairs were made to enable the large number of horses stabled on course for track work but major repairs were placed on hold to enable an inspection by Racing Qld officials on Monday.
It is hoped that this may result in some assistance for the GTC from RQ in meeting the considerable expenditure required to repair the track.