Horses will be racing for region's flood recovery
HORSES from throughout the region will gather at the Gympie racecourse today to partake in the prestigious Flood Recovery Cup.
Gympie Turf Club resident Spencer Slatter said with the induction of two $10,000 races, he was expecting a big crowd.
Slatter said it would be the first time Gympie had had two $10,000 races on the one day, with Mary River Motor Inn 100 Club Cup and the Racing Queensland Sustain Series Benchmark 65 race (BM 65).
Local racing columnist Barry Fitzhenry said both races originally had nine horses nominated, but running two higher-class races over similar distances seemed to have affected field sizes.
"Because of this we now only have four horses nominated in the 100 Club Cup, which is disappointing," he said.
"It seems a pity that the BM 65 was not programmed over a significant different distance to the 100 Club Cup, for example 1170m or 1030m, to draw on a different group of horses."
But Fitzhenry said the entertainment on offer today would be better than ever.
"Fashions of the Field will again be a major focus of attention with all finalists eligible for the $3000 end-of-year prize draw," he said.
"The Gympie Muster Showcase will provide the after races entertainment."
The racing fanatic said his favourites for this weekend's races were Henry in the 100 club Cup and the BM 65 would be a close battle between Tallahatchie and Electrojet.
Slatter said the reduced field size in the 100 Club Cup wouldn't affect today and the competition would still be tough.
"Due to injuries and other factors, racing fields sometimes only consist of a few talented horses," he said.
"It's all a part of racing and today will still be a hit."
Races start at 1.15pm and finish at 4.30pm with all gate proceeds going towards flood relief.
Next races are on June 29.