You can bet on being lucky

Amanda Newman, Aarron and Nicole Johnson dress up for St Patrick’s Day by the track.
Amanda Newman, Aarron and Nicole Johnson dress up for St Patrick’s Day by the track.

PUNTERS will be hoping for the luck of the Irish at the 60th St Patrick’s Day Race Meeting in Springsure.

The Springsure Races are on next Saturday at the Springsure Racecourse with gates opening at 11am and the first event of the day getting off to a racing start at 1.30pm.

The day has a five race line-up for punters, and the grand finale will be the anticipated Diamond Cup race.

The Our Lady of the Sacred Heart school is organising a Calcutta event for the final race where punters can “purchase” a horse and if it wins, will then receive half of the horse’s winnings.

For the ladies, there is the annual Fashions in the Field with 10 different categories to enter, including Best Dressed Lady, under and over-30, Trendiest Team and for the first time, Best Dressed Couple.

Judging will take place throughout the day with the finalists being presented to the crowd.

There’s entertainment for the children with a jumping castle, merry-go-round and MERV trailer.

Rockhampton band Velocity will provide live entertainment and there will be plenty of food available at a barbecue. The bar and dining room will also be open.

Volunteer Maria Hoare said organisers were expecting a bigger crowd this year and were hoping to see about 1000 race-goers pass through the gates.

“A highlight will be the presentation of the Diamond Cup by the Priddle family who have been involved in the St Patrick’s Day Race Meeting since it began,” Maria said.

“All money raised on the day will assist Our Lady of the Sacred Heart church and school and donations will also be made to other local community organisations.

“There will be a courtesy bus running from the state school in Springsure at noon travelling out to the racetrack every half hour and returning in the evening.

“Choose your best race day outfit and come along prepared for a great day of racing action and enjoy Springsure’s hospitality.”

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