Gympie Turf Club back with a bang
RACING: Gympie Turf Club president Shane Gill is adamant this weekend's running of the $10,000 Garrard's Horse and Hound feature has received solid nominations after concerns were held by racing experts over the number of horses available for Gympie's debut race for 2017.
Racing action returns to the Gympie track on Saturday with the running of the Bench Mark 55.
Gympie racing expert Barry Fitzhenry said in his Turf Topics column last week "a strong response was needed from Gympie racing stables to ensure good fields in the opening race.”
According to Gill, the five race card has "enough nominations to satisfy racing fans”.
"It's only early days,” Gill told The Gympie Times.
"The first two race meetings for us are great and we regard them highly as part of our racing calendar.
"However, the quality of racing does tend to improve later in the year.”
Gympie is not unique in this situation, with many country racing clubs reporting similar issues at the start of the autumn racing calendar.
The Gympie track has traditionally provided gallopers with a challenge and Gill is predicting a strong showing from local starters.
"Gympie horses always go well at home.
"They tend to perform better on their home track,” Gill said.
The Gympie Turf club have also taken the unprecedented step of giving away hundreds of double passes to Saturday's race meet and Gill is urging Gympie locals to check their letterbox before Saturday.
"All throughout the year we will target areas in Gympie to give away double passes to the races.”