St Mary's School Race Day students and sponsors (from left) Arley Brownlie, Josh Collins, James Nolan (at back), William Nolan, Natalie Nolan (Raheen Stud), Ian and Jo McNally (McNally Constructions), Deb Scanlan (Kerry Scanlan Concreting/Hanson), Lou Ots (R and F Steel Buildings), Sam Brownlie (Brownlie Concretors), Andrew O'Dea (St Mary's P and F) and (front) Caleb Brownlie.
St Mary's School Race Day students and sponsors (from left) Arley Brownlie, Josh Collins, James Nolan (at back), William Nolan, Natalie Nolan (Raheen Stud), Ian and Jo McNally (McNally Constructions), Deb Scanlan (Kerry Scanlan Concreting/Hanson), Lou Ots (R and F Steel Buildings), Sam Brownlie (Brownlie Concretors), Andrew O'Dea (St Mary's P and F) and (front) Caleb Brownlie. Gerard Walsh

Kids' entertainment at St Mary's School races on Saturday

READY, set, go: The gates will open to let the horses out on St Mary's Race Day in Warwick tomorrow, but from a school point of view, it is ready, set, go for one of the major fundraisers for the year for the St Mary's P and F.

There are 51 nominations for six races at Allman Park.

While the Warwick Turf Club will run the meeting, a lot of entertainment has been organised by the school after support from 13 business sponsors and there are eight sponsors for the races. The Malt House is the only new races sponsor.

Ian McNally, from McNally Constructions, is a sponsor for the second year and said there was an excellent turnout at last year's St Mary's Race Day.

"We are glad to sponsor the event as I have a long association with Catholic education after first coming to Warwick as a manual arts teacher at Assumption in 1988,” he said.

"St Mary's is one of the best race meetings I have been to on the Darling Downs.”

There are numerous activities for children, including a merry-go-round, jumping castle and a big slide.

All children's rides are free.

Natalie Nolan, of Raheen Stud Thoroughbreds, said major sponsors Magic Millions were keen to help the school.

"Magic Millions were represented last year at the races and will be here again on Saturday,” she said.

Black Toyota are the major sponsors of Fashions in the Field.

There will be $800 up for grabs for the best dressed man, woman, boy or girl

St Mary's P and F president Andrew O'Dea said it would be a big family day out with face painting, snow cones and lots of entertainment.

"We hope to attract families with children at many schools in the district,” O'Dea said.

Gates open at 11am and cost is $15 for adults, children under 16 free.

All tickets will be sold at the gate.

The first of six races is at 1.19pm and the last at 4.27pm at Allman Park.

There is a capacity field of 12 horses in the first race.

See full race fields and form for Warwick and three-state racing in the Daily News on Saturday and story on an interstate jockey heading to Allman Park for the meeting.



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