SPRINGTIME 19 – Article by Tony McMahon

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September heralds the start of Spring which certainly puts a “spring into the step” of racing minded individuals with Australia’s two big Cups galloping forward in October and November.

Major race club’s Australia wide program feature social race meeting to coincide with Caulfield Cup Day, Saturday October 19 and Melbourne Cup Day, Tuesday November 5.

The Rockhampton Jockey Club is no different with crowd-wise its biggest race day, the St Peter’s Caulfield Cup Day races, luring thousands to Callaghan Park racecourse.

The Ray White Rockhampton City Melbourne Cup races on the first Tuesday in November draws a more traditional and social crowd trackside in Rockhampton.

Already the Rockhampton Jockey Club has plans well underway for both days which include a number of banquets.

For example, on Caulfield Cup Day, there is a lavish Lunch Buffet for members commencing from 12.30pm.

As well for other patrons there is the Pimm’s Party At The Park which provides for light entertainment as well as food, a drinks package, including general admission and table reservation.

The very popular Veuve Clicquot enclosure will once again be in operation and by all reports from previous experiences is not to be missed out on.

It features a drinks package; seafood platters on arrival as well as grazing platters throughout the afternoon.

As well the RJC CEO Tony Fenlon said private marquees for groups of 20 or more were also proving popular for the St Peters Day races.

“We are offering a varied menu for the private marquees ranging from a variety of Pizza options as well as fresh sandwich platters; hot finger food; cheese and cold meat platters and a sweets platter. Naturally, select beverage options are available with an RSA attendant provided”, Fenlon said.

The Ray White Rockhampton City Melbourne Cup Day races at Callaghan Park also has a varied choice of food options for patrons.

Fenlon recommended early bookings and suggested interested parties either contact the RJC for go to the club’s website.

Speaking of celebrations, in-form leading Rockhampton apprentice jockey Elly Smith and Emerald’s Jesse Beak have announced their engagement.

Elly is the daughter of Rockhampton trainer Fred Smith and comes from a strong racing background as well from her mother Karen’s family.

So too does Jesse Beak for that matter being a grandson of Central Queensland racing stalwarts Ron and Val Beak who have raced horses in the area for decades.

Elly is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Education course which is due for completion in 18 months from now.

Rockhampton trainers are taking to the Bruce Highway, Brisbane bound again next Saturday for Eagle Farm races.

Lyle Wright has entered Tambo’s Heart for the C&G NMW Handicap (1200m).

Tim Cook has Hidden Goddess entered for the $75K F&M NMW Handicap (1200m) while Tom Button has consistent The Tax Accountant nominated for the BM 70 (1400m).

It is shaping as a busy week for Button as he has two entries for Townsville races on Thursday in Ryola and Woohoo Girl.

Gracemere trainer John Pointon has his improving last start Townsville winner Crime Boss entered for the very suitable $31K 3YO CL 2 (1000m) there again on Thursday.

Racing heads to Emerald on Saturday before TAB race meetings at Mackay next Tuesday, September 10 and back to Rockhampton Thursday, September 12.

Some 209 horses from as far afield as Adelaide have been entered for the two days of iconic bush racing at Birdsville this Friday and Saturday.


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