Lee Park will see six races run and won on Saturday, August 4 when the Nanango Race Club hosts the $12,000 XXXX Gold Carrollee Hotel Nanango Cup.
With fine weather forecasted, Nanango Race Club president Mr John Lee is expecting big crowds to flock to the racetrack for a great day out.
“We have 130 people booked into a marquee for the Kingaroy Kindergarten benefit and there is a jumping castle to entertain the children,” Mr Lee said.
“There are also a couple of other small private marquees booked in so we’re hopeful of big crowds.
“There haven’t been many other local races besides Wondai and it has been three months since we raced here back in May so people have had a good, long spell now.”
The Nanango Race Club premierships will be presented on Saturday along with the South East Queensland Country Association (SEQCA) premierships.
Barry Gill has won the SEQCA Trainers Premiership while his wife Desiree was awarded the SEQCA Jockeys Premiership. Billie-Rose Derbyshire has had a successful season to win the SEQCA Apprentice Jockey Premiership.
“Gilbert Baker from Dalby has won the local Trainers Premiership and Ray Hancock has been awarded the Jockey Premiership for Nanango,” the club president said.
“We don’t have an apprentice jockey premiership here but our Horse Of The Year is Glen Richardson’s Lady Oscar.
“Kevin Dixon will be attending the day to help present the awards so that will be exciting for all involved.”
For the fashionable fillies and colts, the fashion theme is "Elegant Black & White" and the club is hoping everyone really gets into the theme.
“Our community always gives the club a good response to the fashion theme so I am sure they will get into the theme of black and white,” he said.
Facilites on course include a fully licensed bar, the Pink Champagne Bar, Winning Post Cafe, BBQ, tote, bookmakers covering both local & metro races, plenty of undercover seating, children's entertainment and live music.
Gates open from 10:00am and courtesy buses will run from Kingaroy and Nanango on raceday.
Free bus from Kingaroy - leaves Glendon Street Bus Stop at 12pm
Free bus from Nanango - leaves the Nanango RSL at 12.30pm
Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for pensioners and under 15s are free.
If you ask John who his hot tip is, he thinks Anchor Bolt will be hard to beat in the Nanango Cup, a race he won two years ago.
“He ran here at Lee Park earlier in the year and just got beaten but I see his handicap rating is 79.5 so he is looking like a good chance.”
For more information visit the Nanago Race Club website or contact Mr John Lee on (07) 4163 5129.
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Photo by Noel Pascoe