Scorching conditions failed to deter hundreds who made the most of their day off work at Aquis Beaudesert’s Australia Day Public Holiday Raceday.
Racing manager James Cable said a full car park and betting ring were sure signs the event had been well-received by locals and visitors alike and the Beaudesert Race Club was moving in the right direction.
Cable said a strong contingent of trainers led by Eagle farm’s Chris Munce had made the trip from Brisbane to take on names such as Stewart Kendrick from the Sunshine Coast and a bevy of locals.
Attendees kept the fluids up and wherever possible they relaxed in the shade savouring the sounds of musician Jeremy Sheppard. The Aussie barbecue was fired up and the kids enjoyed face painting and the thong throwing contest.
Gold Coast Turf Club chairman Brett Cook said he could not be happier with the way the merger with the Beaudesert Race Club was progressing.
He said there had been no resistance from either party and the local community had wholeheartedly embraced the new structure.
“The feedback we have received has been really positive,” he said.
“Everyone has understood that it was a merger and not a takeover.”
Mr Cook said he wanted to continue to increase the club’s involvement within the local community and work with businesses to strengthen the economic prospects for all.
He said he predicted more provincial Saturdays at Beaudesert as night racing became more common at Queensland’s major tracks in the next three to four years.
Gold Coast Turf Club chief executive Steve Lines thanked xxxx for its long-term support of racing and said there were also plans to ramp-up the Beaudesert Cup.
Scenic Rim MP Jon Krause was on hand hearing the concerns of trainers and industry insiders to see how it can be kept on track. He said the Beaudesert Race Club was a top local racing club with more than 170 horses training there regularly.
“It pumps a lot of money into the local economy and it is great to see a fantastic crowd despite the heat,” he said.