Nick Inmon standing at Allman Park where this year, you'll be allowed to bring your own marquee.
Nick Inmon standing at Allman Park where this year, you'll be allowed to bring your own marquee. Candyce Braithwaite

BYO Boxing Day races comforts

THE festive season is well and truly upon us again and there's no better way to back up a great Aussie Christmas Day than going to the Hopes Body Repairs Boxing Day Races.

There are always plenty of people who return home for the festive season and they all seem to make it to Allman Park for what has become one of the Rose City's biggest parties.

Warwick Turf Club committee member Nick Inmon said the party was only going to get bigger and better this year.

"We want the Hopes Body Repairs Boxing Day Races to be turned into a massive party," Inmon said.

"This year we're welcoming everyone to bring along their own marquee and nibbles and settle in for a great day.

"There's always a big show and instead of being all squashed into our marquee, get a group together and spread out.

"Everyone can set up their own marquee down the western end of the track."

Whether you're into the racing or just the fashion, there will be something for everyone next Monday.

There will a five-race card and also plenty of food available.

The Warwick Turf Club is a responsible server of alcohol which helps to maintain a wonderful atmosphere for what is always a happy crowd in the middle of the festive season.

Horses come from all over Queensland and northern New South Wales for the meeting.

The meeting is always generously sponsored by Bob and Claire Hope of Hopes Body Repairs and the club is indebted to them for their lengthy and ongoing support for the meeting.

"We couldn't do it without them," Inmon said.

"They have been a major sponsor for many, many years and it's wonderful that the locals really get behind it."

Bob Hope said the Boxing Day Races were an event he wouldn't miss for anything in the world.

"We've been sponsoring the event since about 1985," Hope said.

"I've always been tied up with the races and it's such a fantastic event we couldn't help but be involved. I love the atmosphere and it's such a good day out and everyone seems to have a lot of fun.

"I look forward to every year, especially this year, hopefully it doesn't rain again."

Details

When: Boxing Day (Monday Dec 26), gates open at 11am

Where: Allman Park, Warwick

Cost: Adults $15; kids under 15 free


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