DAY OF DAYS: Pioneer Park will buzzing as the Emerald 100 kicks off this weekend.
DAY OF DAYS: Pioneer Park will buzzing as the Emerald 100 kicks off this weekend. Matty Holdsworth

Giddy up for Emerald 100

THE BIGGEST day on the Central Highlands calendar is back.

Punters will gather trackside on Saturday October 8 to celebrate the premier country race day of the year.

Emerald Jockey Club President Leon Roberts says the Emerald 100 is the biggest day on the Emerald social calendar.

"It's always a fantastic event,” he said.

"And more and more people are using it as a place for a reunion with friends and family.”

But it's not just about the entertainment on the track.

"Apart from the action on the track, there's also plenty of action of the field as well,” Mr Roberts said.

"There will be various categories of fashions on the field as well as special guests.”

Two special guests will be at the Sportsman's Night/ Calcutta and the race day.

The special guests include John Letts, cult hero in the sport of kings and two time Melbourne cup winning jockey on Piping Lane (1972) and Beldale Ball (1980).

Mr Letts helped revolutionise racing on television in 1993 when he started on-track interviews with winning jockey's immediately after the races.

Legendary former Australian test cricketer and test cricket selector Merv Hughes will also be at the event.

Mr Roberts said it would be a action packed weekend of racing.

"The Sportsman's Night/ Calcutta on Friday night always gets the weekend off to a great start,” he said.

"It is a meet and greet night which allows racing personnel, special guests and the public to have a relaxing night before the busy day of the race.”

"The race day will also continue into the night with post race entertainment until 9pm.”

As usual there will be plenty of marquees and shade available as well as numerous food and drink outlets operating.

Race day will ensure non-stop entertainment with seven races including the thrilling Emerald 100 which starts right in front of the crowd.

Admission to the Sportsman's Night is free and will start at 6.30pm in the members lounge at Pioneer Park.

General entry to the race is $20 with gates opening at 10am.

You can but admission and drink tickets prior to race day by contacting Emerald Jockey Club secretary, Leigh-Ann Janosevic on 0408177278.


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