IF ENTHUSIASM counts for anything, Allora thoroughbred breeder Barry Burgess has a winner on his hands with the September 16-run Railway Hotel Allora Cup.
Barry heads up a committee of four who have been more than busy with their brand of organisational track work for the fifth running of a local tradition since it was reintroduced in 2014.
Mr Burgess said that despite not having the largest committee to work with, the four-person team was full of hard workers.
"It's not the biggest committee, but Shann O'Connell, Robyn Miles, Glyn Rees and myself, along with the mighty contribution by the Warwick Turf Club secretary Kristen Doyle and the Turf Club committee are going to put on a great day of racing with a twist,” Mr Burgess said.
A twist you might ask, indeed not just a day of high- standard racing and the community socialising that brings, but the Warwick Turf Club is holding a
craft market day with something to intrigue everyone.
Turf Club president Phil Grant said the club decided to do something a little different by introducing craft markets in the
lead-up to the September race meeting at
Allman Park, "the craft markets to continue to the first race”.
Wattles Rugby League Football Club members are supporting the day, with their 2017 Toowoomba Rugby League Ambassador Georgie McDermid a special guest.
Mr Grant said the turf club wants the Allora Cup day to have activities for all the family.
"There will be cooking demonstrations, a jumping castle, face painting, the fire service and many other stalls to give the day a real family atmosphere,” said Mr Grant.
Admission to the race day will be free due to sponsorship from Allora Butchery and the cup will be sponsored by the Railway Hotel at Allora, while there are Allora sponsors for each race.
The September 2017 Railway Hotel Allora Cup festivities begin in earnest on Friday evening with a Calcutta at the Railway Hotel featuring horses in the race day five-race program.
A bus will depart the Railway Hotel at Allora for Allman Park at 11.30am on Saturday. To book seats contact Robyn Miles 46663402.
For further details on the 2017 Railway Hotel Allora Cup or booking a stall site, contact Barry Burgess 0402489348, Glyn Rees 0400811093 or Warwick Turf Club secretary Kristen Doyle 0414899854.
Saturday's edition of the Daily News will feature an in-depth analysis of each race on the Allora Cup meeting from Allman Park.
A colour form guide
for the meet will also feature in Saturday's paper, to help you back a winner at the track.