Kirby Nicholson, Julie McKavanagh, Tracey Shatte, Colleen Hunt, Robyn Crighton, and Rebecca Schmit at the Picnic Races last year.
Kirby Nicholson, Julie McKavanagh, Tracey Shatte, Colleen Hunt, Robyn Crighton, and Rebecca Schmit at the Picnic Races last year. Diane Essery

Everyone is off and racing to Allman Park

THERE will be plenty of action at Allman Park tomorrow with the celebration of 120 years since the first Picnic Races.

Hundreds of people are expected to turn out for the popular races, with up to 100 people also expected at the Warwick Turf Club black-tie Calcutta tonight.

Warwick Turf Club secretary Kristen Doyle said more than 400 people had already booked a space under the marquees.

"I think the event is so popular this year because it is 120 years since the first race and the BYO drinks and food," she said.

"It's one of our top three events, up there with the Warwick Cup and the Boxing Day races."

Tomorrow will be the first time the races have been held since the Warwick Picnic Races became a sub-committee of the Warwick Turf Club.

Picnic Races spokesman Andrew Williams said there was plenty of excitement around the day.

"We'll have a marquee with 400-500 guests so people can set up their picnic and enjoy a great day trackside which is great value for $45," he said.

"Or people can go through the public gate for $15, bring a picnic hamper and buy their drinks from the bar."

Racegoers are being encouraged to frock up and get out their suits, with an exciting fashions on the field event tomorrow.

"The Rose City Fashions on the Field event will be amazing," Ms Doyle said.

Racing begins tonight at Allman Park from 6.30, with gates for tomorrow's Picnic Races opening at noon for the first race at 1.05pm.



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