Full house at Gympie track
THE "house full" sign will go up this weekend at the Gympie Racecourse with all 107 on-course stables occupied.
Full capacity will be reached with a team of around 10 horses due to arrive by this weekend.
Mark Lewis, who has been working with Paul Perry at Newcastle for some time, is to look after this team owned by Leigh Wanless.
Mark has previously resided in this area and trained horses in Gympie during that time.
Another recent arrival in Gympie is former Charters Towers' trainer Jack Casey, who has three in work. Jack has spent time in Gympie over recent years but has now decided to settle permanently in this area.
With more than 100 horses in work on the Gympie Racecourse, the track is an important training centre for racing in this area as well as a significant employment venue for strappers, track work riders and jockeys. Training horses is a seven-day-a-week job with horses usually worked six days a week.
Fast gallops are usually undertaken on Tuesdays, Thursdays and sometimes on Saturday so that regular maintenance of the track is required to keep the surface in good order.
Track caretaker Paul Hill does a very good job at this task and now has the use of a new tractor purchased jointly by the Gympie Show Society and the Gympie Turf Club.