Stanthorpe Jockey Club president Neil Brunckhorst is counting down the hours until Saturday's annual race day.
Stanthorpe Jockey Club president Neil Brunckhorst is counting down the hours until Saturday's annual race day.

Thousands expected for country racing at its finest

HORSE RACING: With ticket sales booming, recent rain adding a tinge of green to the course and new facilities in place, Saturday’s race day is shaping up to be a memorable one.

Stanthorpe Jockey Club president Neil Brunckhorst said everything has aligned perfectly ahead of the weekend’s calendar day.

“Nominations are good. We’ve got a good number of horses so everything is looking great,” Mr Brunckhorst said.

“With the rain we’ve had everything is greening up and conditions will be perfect.”

There’s five races on the day, with the K and A Buidling Stanthorpe Cup Open the showpiece.

“Looks like a really good field for the main event. Looks like it’ll be a really good race.”

Rain falls on Armstrong Park on Tuesday afternoon.
Rain falls on Armstrong Park on Tuesday afternoon.

Stanthorpe boy Mail Escort, as well as 2019 Birdsville Cup runner-up Splitz, are both potential favourites.

The bookies ring is now covered, making for a more inviting area Mr Brunckhorst said.

“We’ve got 11 bookmakers so far booked in and there could be more.

“We’ll have really good numbers in the marquees.

“There’s been a lot of interest from away — Brisbane and the Gold Coast.”

So much so, no marquee tickets remain available.

Gates to Armstrong Park (Jimmy Mann Rd) open at 10am and the day will continue late into the night with a live band once racing wraps up.

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