THE Thangool Race Club Committee has been working very hard to promote the biggest race day on Callide Valley's racing calendar.
The cup raced over 1600m has prize money of $15,000 due to the generous support of the Nobbs Family Lyndhurst Stud.
Be warned Eric and Val Nobbs are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary and the Nobbs clan will all be there for the celebrations.
The total prize money for the day is $47,000 with the Ray White Biloela and Kerry Lynch Concreting Maiden, Betta Electrical/Britnell Pharmacy Class B, Barnes Landscaping/Cavalier Homes Class 3 and Unidel Infrastructure/Eagle Crane Hire Newmarket Handicap all receiving extra prize money for those races.
Leisa's Cards & Things have donated prizes for fashions of the field.
There are five divisions - best couple, best hat, best male, best female under 30 and over 30. An early tip - be nice to the Nobbs family because they are the judges of the competition.
If anyone intends having a drink or three then the club has arranged a free bus service from the Biloela Information Centre to the course commencing 11.30am with the turnaround time about 30 minutes.
The return trips from the course start at 5pm.
The committee has arranged for five free double passes to be distributed from the Central Telegraph office for naming the winner of last year's Thangool Cup. A clue - trainer Mick Hicks is not eligible to enter this competition.
It is important that people support the Race Club tomorrow, because in their wisdom Queensland Racing Ltd has cut the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup race days from Thangool's racing calendar. These days in the past have been very popular amongst the public in the area. If the committee wishes to make further improvements to the course and surrounds then Cup Day, with public support, has to be the big day. On early indications the pre sale of tickets has been strong.
It is a little difficult to make selections for races as acceptances do not close until 11am Thursday which means little time left for paper deadline, but going on early nominations for the meeting and there are 71 for the five race card, competitive racing is assured.
Regarding the Cup, Umaprince will be the top weight and ran an improved race last week in Yeppoon. Final Demand has won on this track and had a strong win at the recent TAB meeting at Yeppoon. If Crowning Force travels from Toowoomba it has a chance as has the Emerald trained Cellular who won last Saturday at Emerald and the Mackay trained galloper Sea Dandy who should be suited by the 1600m.
The other feature race is the Newmarket Handicap over 1075m. The Rockhampton trained King Hunter should carry No 1 saddlecloth. The horse is returning from an unsuccessful trip to Brisbane but depending on the weight allocation he may not start. The locally trained Jyi's Prospect usually runs well at Thangool plus there is speed aplenty with the Mackay trained Vulcan and Massiah should be prominent.
There will be six bookmakers plus TAB to accommodate the punters.
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