Turf Club veteran races into retirement after four decades
AFTER over 40 years managing the barriers at the Warwick Turf Club Ross McIntosh will finally be busting out the gates of retirement.
Mr McIntosh was honoured at the Killarney Cup last Saturday with a race run in his name and an award presented to him.
"I was surprised and deeply honoured with what they had done for me,” he said.
Mr McIntosh started working at the Club with his father Claud in the 60's, when they first put out a call for people to help look after the grounds.
He remembers a time when a rope was used to start a race and things were a lot different down at the track.
"I would say it is a lot more professional now, we have more safety precautions in place,” he said.
"The track is in a lot better condition than it was back then, we had no irrigation so we would have to wait for rain, which does not happen very often.”
Warwick Turf Club's Vice President Peter Campbell said Mr McIntosh had made a huge contribution during his time.
Mr Campbell said he was a the kind of person who could always be relied upon and never complained.
"Mr McIntosh is a man of high ethics, once he's made a commitment he follows it through 110 per cent,” he said.
”The man embodies the Australian character, he deserves an Australia Day medal.”
Mr McIntosh said his strong work ethic was passed down from his dad.
"I used to run cattle into the Warwick saleyards with him, through my father and family I learned how to be a hard worker,” he said.
Though some days were chaotic due to difficult horses, Mr McIntosh said the highlight of his time with the Turf Club was always seeing a race day go smoothly.
"Whenever we had a good meeting and no problems at the barriers, that always made me happy.”