Get set Rockhampton for the “Daddy” of all race meetings at Callaghan Park racecourse on Saturday!
Following the abandonment decision yesterday WEDNESDAY of Friday’s TAB races at Callaghan Park, four races have been added to Saturday’s gala program making it a mammoth ten race extravaganza.
It promises to be one of the biggest race meetings in the long history of Rockhampton racing.
Inundated by approximately 350mm of rain over the last 11 days including upwards of 170mm this week and with unfavourable weather tipped for today and Thursday, the Rockhampton Jockey Club had no option but to make the “Friday is off” call.
The Club’s CEO Tony Fenlon and senior executive members quickly swung into action early yesterday WEDNESDAY to ensure the best outcome for the local racing industry could be negotiated with Racing Queensland.
They did a mighty job to make the best of he forced predicament Mother Nature thrust upon Callaghan Park.
“RQ was very good and helpful. We have salvaged four races from Friday’s card and they have been added to the rich CYS 2YO Classic program on Saturday. Originally about $312K was to be distributed at Friday and Saturday’s two race days but we have salvaged a big chunk of that and with $278K in stakes on offer now on Saturday, it is I believe a very good result”, Fenlon said.
The rescheduled races from Friday are the Mayor’s Plate (1200m); BM 65 (1600m); Class 2 (1200m) and the QTIS 3YO Maiden (1200m).
The acceptance deadline for these races will now close at 9.30am today. THURSDAY
Fenlon said the weather forecast for Friday and Saturday in Rockhampton was favourable being “mostly sunny”.
“The prediction is for 31% on Saturday and given fine weather on Friday we believe the Callaghan Park track will recover very quickly. The problem has been there just hasn’t been a break in the weather in the off shoot from Cyclone Debbie”, he said.
The Chandon Hats and Heels High Tea for the ladies has also been reconvened from Friday to Saturday as well.
Packages at $80 per person cover designated Chandon drinks; select cocktails from 12pm until 5pm; high tea and a light lunch.
There will be guest speakers addressing the luncheon while the Sharon Mylrea Fashions on The Field will also take place on Saturday with over $3000 in prizes.
The crowd at Callaghan Park should be sizeable as the meeting is the first under the promotion of the St Mary’s Catholic School as a fundraiser.
The Ladbrokes Calcutta evening from 6pm Friday at the Robert Schwarten Pavilion at the Rockhampton Showgrounds will also definitely do ahead with a big night planned.
It will centre around the running of the $116,000 Capricornia Yearling Sales 2YO Classic (1200m) on Saturday.
The 2017 Capricornia Yearling Sales will definitely proceed on Sunday with yearlings from throughout Queensland set to arrive from this morning. THURSDAY