Races fever hits town
WITH only six weeks until the big day, the Stanthorpe Jockey Club committee is preparing the track for the well-attended event.
Jockey Club president Neil Brunckhorst said the race meeting was always a popular day for the Stanthorpe community.
"Everyone looks forward to it,” he said.
"Coming out of winter, I think it's a big thing - everyone has been hibernating for six months.
"It's always a great atmosphere out here.
"Everyone is here to have a good time.”
Mr Brunckhorst said the committee was getting everything ready for the big day.
"We prepare all the grounds so we fertilise... we'll bring everything out here, all the marquees... and get all the stalls organised,” he said.
"We'll bring all the tables and chairs out on the Thursday before the races.”
The jockey club president said preparations were going well for the races on October 21..
"We are getting everything ready, cleaning everything up, buildings, toilets, make sure they are all spotless,” he said.
"Everything's got to be clean.
"We are keeping it in pretty good condition all year round so that does make a difference.”
Mr Brunckhorst said on average they had eight horses starting for each of the five horse races.
"We don't know until that week what horses we'll be getting,” he said.
He said jockeys would mainly be coming from Northern NSW, Toowoomba and Texas, Beaudesert and the Gold Coast.
Mr Brunckhorst said the 1600m races had been held at the Stanthorpe venue for mor than 50 years and about 2000 people attended the event each year.
"We are anticipating a similar crowd this year,” he said.
"The interest from away, I think, has been better than last year. Especially Brisbane people are starting to get wind of it a bit.”
Mr Brunckhorst said most people were making a weekend out of the Stanthorpe races.
"That's good for the area - motels, wineries, restaurants,” he said.