Sand trots at Gympie Turf Club
RACING: The Gympie Turf Club will be the place to be tomorrow when harness racing - in addition to the thoroughbreds - will make the Zinc 96 Family Picnic Race Day one to remember.
Gympie Turf Club president Spencer Slatter said five thoroughbred races will start the day at 12.15pm as the rivalry between trainers Barry Gill and Kerry Munce continues, along with Gladstone, Darling Downs and Rockhampton.
Slatter said all eyes will be on the main race of the day for the Zinc 96 Cup with Barry Gill's horse So Ridiculous and Bevan Johnson's Sialia Magic the ones to look out for.
Slatter said the Gympie sand track would be watered and rolled in preparation for the trots which are usually held on a granite track.
He said they were given the idea to hold the trots from nearby clubs like Kilcoy which runs harness races on a grass track.
"I have never heard of trots being run on sand before so Gympie will be a first," he said.
Slatter said harness racing had been held on a modified track for the Gympie Show in May this year.
"The show people found the trots exciting," he said.
Three harness races will be held from an hour after the thoroughbreds to allow time to prepare the track before riders from Brisbane and Rockhampton take to the course.
Slatter said well-known senior harness racing trainer Darryl Reinke and Jaime Donovan would be competing.
As it is a family orientated race day all patrons under 18 will get in free, however the entry for adults will be $12 with $2 going towards the Wish List foundation.
There will be face painting, balloon twisters, a jumping castle and an opportunity for kids to meet the Disney characters from the film Frozen.
On the main stage at 5pm the after races the party begins.