READY: Harness racing action is coming to Gympie.
READY: Harness racing action is coming to Gympie. David Nielsen

Gympie horse racing wrap up

THREE harness races will be held on the Gympie racecourse on July 25, at the Zinc 96 Race Day. Racing Queensland has agreed to fund these three events to add to the usual five thoroughbred races on Zinc 96 day.

There will be mobile starts for each of the harness races with harness racing officials having approved the Gympie track for harness events after an inspection earlier this year.

Gympie Turf Club president Spencer Slatter said some additional watering of the track between races would be needed to ensure a firm surface for the harness horses and the mobile starting gate.

Provincial race clubs such as Kilcoy and Beaudesert have staged harness races on their grass tracks but the July 25, dual code race meeting in Gympie will be the first run on a sand track.

Clear your calendar

THE Gympie Turf Club is set for an interesting series of race meetings in the next few months. Racing resumes after the break for the Gympie Show with the popular RSL Cup fixture on June 20. This is followed a month later by the Zinc 96 race day before Gympie's richest race, the Nolan Meats Muster Cup, is staged on August 22.

Summers' success

A NORTHERN campaign over the Gympie Show period by Gympie jockey Natalie Summers bore fruit at Thangool last Saturday. Summers, who has been riding mainly in Rockhampton during the Show period, won the 1600m BM 55 at Thangool on Iownaprince as one of her four rides there on the five-event card. Natalie had had 19 rides at Rockhampton and one at Mackay prior to the Thangool success.

Billie-Rose Derbyshire also journeyed to Thangool last Saturday for four mounts on the day.

Shade covered

SOME more shade sails have been erected around the bar area at the Gympie Racecourse. The new sails were partially funded by the 100 Club and will serve to improve the comfort of patrons of the bar area in the lower corner of the grandstand.

Change on the way

THE GTC has appointed Kristi Hollis as the club's new secretary to replace Leisa Dakin who recently stood down from the position. Spencer Slatter said Kristi brought a valuable set of skills and experiences to the position which will serve to promote the GTC to an even wider audience through traditional and social media marketing activities.

Buy a tried horse

A PROPOSAL to involve GTC members in the ownership of a horse to race in Gympie has been launched. 100 Club members in particular as well as GTC club members will have the opportunity to form a syndicate of 20 owners to purchase a tried horse to be trained in Gympie. The initial outlay to buy a tried horses is to be set in consultation with the trainer involved and it is expected that the ongoing monthly costs to each of the 20 syndicate members would be about $100. Anyone interested in what should be a relatively low cost entry to some racing excitement should contact the GTC to register their interest.

Our Boy banned

BAD luck struck Our Boy Malachi in last Saturday's Doomben 10,000 when he bled during the race. He was well positioned in the run to the home turn but faltered soon after and was eased down in the straight after the mishap to finish at the rear of the field. The horse now faces a compulsory three month ban from racing and will have to gallop 1000m to the satisfaction of stewards before he can resume racing. A further bleeding attack would lead to a total ban from racing.

Saturday was only the second time Our Boy Malachi had finished out of the placings in his 21 career starts. He has won17 races and been twice placed in his 21 races to-date, but hopefully will make a successful comeback to racing after this serious set back.

Nanango races this Saturday followed by the Gayndah Cup meeting on June 6, and the Eidsvold Cup on June 13.

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