Jockeys and horses race towards the finish at last year’s Warwick Picnic Races.
Jockeys and horses race towards the finish at last year’s Warwick Picnic Races. Gerard Walsh

Picnic Races in 116th year

THE tradition continues this weekend at Allman Park Racecourse with one of the oldest racing events in Queensland, the Warwick Picnic Races.

The Warwick Picnic Race Club is looking forward to hosting the 116th race meeting on May 15 at Allman Park, Warwick.

“Warwick Picnic Race Club is one of the oldest running picnic race clubs in Queensland with an extensive, growing membership,” Warwick Picnic Races Club President Jamie Macdonald said.

He said the club started when local producers started organising a race day with farm horses in the area and the owners would ride them.

“It is still a great day out with local rivalry strong and horsemanship skills displayed,” Mr Macdonald said.

The club began in 1894 and there used to be various parties and events during the week leading up to the day.

“This made for a very social time for many people who only came to town once every few months,” Mr Macdonald said.

He said the wonderful support from sponsors and members had ensured there would be five races and TAB for the public.

Major sponsors include the Warwick Daily News, Freestone Group, Warwick Supa IGA, Peter Stewart Ford and Gazebo Fashions.

Members can bring their luncheon fare to the picnic area, enjoy an on-site Calcutta and 100s club, and take in Fashions on the Field.

A late afternoon complimentary sausage sizzle will knock the edge off appetites worked up from the activities of the day.

Live entertainment will be provided by local band NAW and Brisbane band That’s It.

In addition, a jumping castle will keep children entertained.

Michelle Olsen of Gazebo Fashions has backed the event in recent years and says “anything goes” in terms of fashion at the races.

“Black and white is always in, as well as elegant skirts, tops and nice dresses, and ladies must have hats and fascinators,” Mrs Olsen said.

She said gentlemen should wear a stylish suit and tie, including a jacket, for a day at the races.

From 9:30pm, there is a shuttle bus to the Horse & Jockey, in an effort to reduce the risk of drink driving.

All forms required for entry on the day are available on the Warwick Picnic Races webpage at www.warwickturfclub.org.au, or contact Helen Lewis on 4661 7393 or Andrew Williams on 0429 004 299.

And you’re off

When: Gates open at noon

Where: Allman Park Racecourse, Victoria Street

Cost: $15 for public gate entry

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