Nominations set new high
THERE may be a late afternoon shower forecast for the Boxing Day Races but that won't deter the thousands expected to attend the annual event.
Yesterday Bacardi manager Adam Keleher and sales manager Shane Gierke began setting up for what looks like a big day.
"We've brought about $15,000 worth of advertising to the site, that includes flags and bar mats," Keleher said.
"We want the ground to look great."
Warwick Turf Club committee member Nick Inmon said the club put in a lot of effort preparing the grounds for the big day.
"Last weekend the turf club held a working bee," Inmon said.
"A group of us came to the grounds and we cleaned the bars and cut the grass. We put up new rails near the fence and also cleaned the stewards' towers."
The Warwick Turf Club is hoping to see more than 3000 people turn up for the event.
"It's a massive event on the calendar," Inmon said.
"Because the Warwick Cup got washed out, people are keen for horse racing."
Inmon said so far there had been 108 nominations for the event, with the acceptances to be determined today.
"Because of all of the rain around the Warwick Cup period the track is absolutely immaculate," he said.
"I have never seen this track look any better, especially around the back end of the track; it's amazing."
Inmon said the possible prospect of a shower late in the afternoon wouldn't worry race-goers.
"Even if it does shower in the afternoon we have plenty of coverage for everyone," he said.
"This year should be even better because everyone is bringing along their own marquee anyway.
"It's going to be a big party and a great day out for everyone.
"The gates will close at 7.30pm, however there will be courtesy buses here to drop people to the CBD safely, or to take them somewhere to continue the party."