SPRINT HOME: The final sprint down the straight in a race on St Mary's Race Day last year at Allman Park. There will be six races on Saturday.
SPRINT HOME: The final sprint down the straight in a race on St Mary's Race Day last year at Allman Park. There will be six races on Saturday. Samantha O'Neil

More than 50 nominations for St Mary's Saturday Races

RACING: There are 56 nominations for the St Mary's Race Day on Saturday at Allman Park.

Nominations have been extended for one race.

St Mary's School P&F president Andrew O'Dea expects the regular race day crowd to be boosted by 300 due to the school involvement.

The school has organised sponsors for all six races. There are numerous activities for children, including a merry-go-round, jumping castle and a big slide.

"It is a big family day out with face painting, snow cones and we hope to attract families with children at many schools in the district,” O'Dea said.

Warwick Turf Club president Phil Grant said the 2016 St Mary's Race Meeting had been very successful.

"It turned out to be the fourth biggest race day of the year and that was a lot to do with support from school parents, students and staff,” he said.

With more hot weather predicted, Grant said extra fans would be set up in the stable area to keep the horses cool.

"We have two ice box set-ups to cool the horses down whenever their handlers feel the need. It is a requirement of Racing Queensland that we have one ice box but we invested in two as it is all about the welfare of the horses,” he said.

"The predicted temperature on Saturday is the same as we often race in.”

While the number of bookmakers won't be confirmed until later in the week, Grant expects 10 bookies to field on the meeting.

"There will be bookies in the betting enclosure, the new pavilion which will be used on Saturday and one in the David and Margot Cory Members Lounge.

"David is a great patron of our club and comes to all race meetings and functions. The committee rooms were re-named at Warwick Credit Union Warwick Cup time.”

The TAB will operate from the betting enclosure and the David and Margot Cory Members Lounge.”

Due to a race washout late last year, Racing Queensland has allocated an extra race for the January and February meetings.

Grant said he was hoping for full fields for each race.

"The track is in perfect condition for Saturday and will be irrigated during the week,” he said.

Gates open at 11am and cost is $15 for adults, children under 16 free. All tickets will be sold at the gate. There is $800 worth of prizes for Fashions on the Field for men, women, boys and girls.

See full race fields in the Daily News on Saturday



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