Put everything on Race 6

THE Warwick picnic races have gained cult status over the past few years and there's a growing legend about a young ex-Warwick man who brings busloads of his well-heeled, well-dressed and well-keen mates from the inner city suburbs of Brisbane.

That young man is James McMahon and one of those mates is Max Clarke.

A young professional from Red Hill in Brisbane, Mr Clarke is no stranger to Allman Park.

"I think this is the fifth time we've come out," he said.

"We originally came out here for the Boxing Day Races and had so much fun we thought we'd add the picnic races to the repertoire."

Mr Clarke, looking very sharp himself, was upstaged by his beautiful girlfriend Sara Williams, of Coorparoo.

"It's Sara's first time out to the races here. We thought we should introduce her to the fabulous rural hospitality," Mr Clarke said.

"We actually work together. I'm in mining and construction and Sara is HR, so she should know better than to encourage work romance.

"We drove out this morning. We're staying at the McMahons'. James is a great mate, so no doubt they'll put me to work on the farm in the morning, but hungover or not I'm not afraid of a bit of hard work.

"Paul (McMahon) usually asks me to help out with the farm work because James is pretty useless.

"At least I do know how to operate the Bobcat."

All jokes aside, it seems there actually were a few bus loads of young Brisbane lads and lasses who came at James' invitation.

"Two buses, about 100 I think today. We love the camaraderie out here," Mr Clarke said.

"The other four boys I live with are all here and so are our neighbours.

"Gives us a chance to get some real dust on the R.M. Williams, prove we're not simply Queen St cowboys."

As for the punt, Mr Clarke reckoned he was going to restrict himself to an all-out flutter on Race 6 only after receiving some valuable, can't-lose, inside information.

Unfortunately for Mr Clarke, it was a five-race card.



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