THE stakes are high for Beaudesert Cup as the town’s race club returns to racing after months of rebuilding due to the damage caused by ex-Cyclone Debbie.
More than 1000 people are expected to go to Beaudesert Race Club for the biggest racing day on the Beaudesert calendar on Saturday, June 24 from 11am.
Racegoers can expect a day of fashion, food and fun with food trucks, bars and entertainment available at the venue.
Guests are encouraged to wear their best winter outfits and fascinators to compete in the Fashion on the Field contest for the Winter Carnival theme.
Fashion on the Field coordinator Kylie Hearn said the judges would be looking for people who would stand out from a crowd in their winter carnival seasonal looks and would have the whole package.
Beaudesert Race Club general manager Lisa Hartney said Beaudesert Cup would be the first race day since the flooding.
“We have spent about thee months rebuilding and getting things back to the way things were,” she said.
“We’ve missed three race meetings and have not opened up the tracks until now so we’re very excited to be racing again and it will be really good way to finish off the racing calendar with this great event.”
Ms Hartney said there would be seven races on the program with $20,000 in prize money for the winner of the race of the day, Hayman’s Electrical Beaudesert Cup race.
“We had 119 race nominations for Beaudesert Cup day which is stronger than expected and trainers seem to be really keen to get back into racing again,” she said.
Ms Hartney said local trainers Ben Ahrens and Di Murphy had entries alongside Brisbane trainers such as BJ Smith, Kelly Schweida and Bary Lockwood and Deagon trainer Pat Duff.
“In the last two years, Beaudesert Cup has been won by local trainers Kelvin Hickmont and Flo Braybrook and I'd like to see it three in a row with one of our local trainers winning the cup,” she said.
Ms Hartney said the major event would be a good way to finish the racing calendar on a high note before planning the next schedule which will begin in July.