Last race day set to wow crowds
THIS Saturday is the last chance for the year avid race and fashion fans to enjoy a day out at the Gympie Races.
Racing commentator Barry Fitzhenry says top sprinters, Final Crunch, Growsir and Frenardi should provide a sizzling finish to 2010.
They will contest the Connolly Dore Lawyers Handicap. Final Crunch, who beat a top class field here at his most recent start has been allotted the massive 65 kg in the 1170m main race with Frenardi, who has an outstanding record over the distance, on 56 kg.
Over 48 nominations have been received for the race day which is down on Gympie’s average.
Turf Club President Spencer Slatter said there would be just as much action off the race track as on with the hotly contested Fashions on the Field.
He said there were 3000 good reasons the fashion conscious should head to the Gympie Races.
The finalists from Gympie’s Fashions on the Field 2010 including the Saturday’s winners will be in the running to win the $3000 cheque.
Gympie Turf Club committee member and Fashions on the Field co-ordinator Chris Hamilton said everyone was looking forward to the first Fashions on the Field mega draw at the Christmas Party Race Day, when one lucky finalist will be handed a massive cheque.
“We’ll have the normal Fashion on the Field competition and then all the names of the finalists will go into the draw, including the people who have just won,” Mrs Hamilton said.
If people have won more than once, then their name will go in as many times as they were finalists.
“It could be a lady or a gentleman, because the couples go in too,” she said.
Mrs Hamilton said the draw will take place around 3.30pm and the prospect of winning such a windfall has a few contenders rearranging their weekend plan.
“This is about encouraging people to nominate for the competition and thank them for going to the effort and dressing up for the races.”