Big crowd tipped for Aquis Beaudesert Race Club's Anzac Day races

RACE DAY: Kooralbyn men Joel Tango and Dan O'Brien with Beaudesert's Michael Darragh pictured at last year's Anzac Day races. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia
RACE DAY: Kooralbyn men Joel Tango and Dan O'Brien with Beaudesert's Michael Darragh pictured at last year's Anzac Day races. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

VETERANS, their families and punters can enjoy fun at the trots when Aquis Beaudesert Race Club hosts its annual Anzac Day meet.

Club chief executive Steve Lines said he believed crowds could swell to 1000 people at the popular race meet on Thursday, April 25.

Shuttle buses will take patrons from Beaudesert showgrounds to the tracks from 11.30am to 1pm, with return buses scheduled from 4.30pm to 6pm.

Gates open at 11am but entry into the event is free from 11.30pm to 12.30pm. A free lunchtime barbecue will be hosted by the club then.

Mr Lines said admissions would be ticketed at $10 per adult or $5 per child or pensioner from 12.30pm.

However, servicemen and women and veterans could enjoy free entry all day, he said.

Mr Lines said he encouraged everyone to visit for the action-packed fun.

Musician Jeremy Sheppard would entertain the crowds, with patrons able to place bets for any or all of the seven races on the day. Bookies and tote facilities would be available.

RACE GLAMOUR: Christine Crouch of Beaudesert, Lizzie Solomon of Browns Plain and Alyce Penny of Beaudesert pictured at last year's Anzac Day race. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

RACE GLAMOUR: Christine Crouch of Beaudesert, Lizzie Solomon of Browns Plain and Alyce Penny of Beaudesert pictured at last year's Anzac Day race. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

The day's major race - the Beaudesert RSL Sub-Branch Anzac Cup - would be held after midday sometime, Mr Lines said.

Hungry guests could grab a coffee or ice cream from food vendors, with the bar also open for drinks service from 1pm.

Mr Lines said he expected visitors from the Gold Coast and beyond to turn up, with other major racing tracks at Ipswich and the Glitter Strip closed for the day.

"We expect a good ground, with good weather and good fields," Mr Lines said. "There could be anything from over 500 people and its historically always a big day."

LOCAL FLAVOUR: Jayden Venz, jockey Sheree Drake, Jasmine Cornish, trainer Greg Cornish and Callum Eggerling with horse Rocky Nugget at this years Anzac Day meet. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

LOCAL FLAVOUR: Jayden Venz, jockey Sheree Drake, Jasmine Cornish, trainer Greg Cornish and Callum Eggerling with horse Rocky Nugget at this years Anzac Day meet. Photo: Jocelyn Garcia

A club spokeswoman said the Anzac Day races promised plenty of fun. "We are expecting lots of locals to turn up with free entry and the free barbecue," she said.

"It will just be a good day out."

The next race at the club is on Saturday, June 22 for the Beaudesert Cup. Entry to the June event is $12.50 per adult and $7.50 per child or pensioner.

A fashions on the field event is planned, with a country luncheon package available for $60 per person.

For more information about the club, visit beaudesertraceclub.com or their Facebook page at facebook.com/Beauyraces.