Texas Jockey Club president David Thompson.
Texas Jockey Club president David Thompson. Ros Sinclair

Texas Jockey Club to host first Sustain Country race day

TEXAS Jockey Club has been announced as the host of the first of the Sustain Country Series race dates next year.

Club president David Thompson said the extra meeting would give the club the opportunity to show financial and volunteer sponsors the results of their recovery efforts.

"We're thrilled with the addition of the meeting and to be able to reward all the volunteers who worked so hard to rebuild the club after the flood is fantastic," he said.

"Community celebrations are the lifeblood of small towns and we are already working alongside several other local clubs including vintage cars and the historical society to turn the March 16-17 weekend into a festival."

Racing minister Steve Dickson said the club would host the race meeting on March 16 next year as part of the Newman Government's commitment to rejuvenating country clubs, racing and their communities.

"We're delivering an additional $4 million over four years to help rebuild country racing across Queensland," he said.

"Through our three country racing programs, the Showcase Country Series, Celebrate Country Series and Sustain Country Series, the Newman Government is providing a much-needed boost to the industry, allowing clubs to attract stronger race fields and entice more patrons to the track.

"Texas Jockey Club has done a fantastic job rebuilding after being devastated in the January 2011 floods, and now they're looking forward to putting on a great day for visitors and locals."

Racing Queensland chairman Kevin Dixon said supporting country clubs was vital to the future of the industry and he was pleased to see Texas rally around the club.



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