Warwick races into spring season using water-wise tricks
Warwick's biggest race day of the year, The Warwick Cup, is on track to be a winner with light rains predicted on Friday expected to soften the track nicely for Saturday's event.
Now in its 159th year the Warwick Credit Union Warwick Cup is regarded as one of regional Queensland's richest and most respected on the racing calendar.
Warwick Turf Club secretary Kristen Doyle said there were already about 400 VIPs set to make their way to the Frasers Transport Trackside Pavilion and another 1000 expected through the gate.
Bluebird Kitchen and Smokehouse will be catering to the VIP pavilion and thanks to a Southern Downs Regional Council grant upgrades to the bar area and new behind the bar equipment are sure to enhance the experience for guests.
The turf club has also put drought relief funding to good use with the purchase of two water tanks, which have been filled and will be used to wash down the horses after the day's seven races.
Ms Doyle said the turf club were mindful of water restrictions and had been using town recycled water scheme to ensure the track was in good condition for high quality racing on Saturday.
She said they had received 136 nominations for the field with horses coming from the region as well as Brisbane, Toowoomba and the Gold Coast. The race names will be announced on Thursday morning.
Off the field the stakes are just as high with Fashions on the Field expected to be hotly contested.
"This is the fun part of the day," Ms Doyle said.
"I don't know what's in but it's a Spring theme so I think it'll be pinks and oranges. A lot of people love going in it."
There are good prizes up for grabs for the best outfits and there's the all-important sash to take home.
A prelude to race day is the Calcutta to be held in the Members Lounge at the turf club on Friday night. A combination of raffle and auction the Calcutta is a tradition at picnic races and gives top bidders the excitement of being a horse owner for the day.
For more information or to buy your tickets visit www.warwickturfclub.org.au