Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Diaries at the Ready as Racing Season Heats Up

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Diaries at the Ready as Racing Season Heats Up

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RACING: A busy schedule of racing and associated activities is on the immediate agenda in Rockhampton Co so let's get our diaries up to date.

First-up on Saturday, April 30 is the Yeppoon Turf Club's GJ Gardiner Homes Yeppoon Cup (1400m) supported by a strong four-race card.

Because of the Easter break, trainers should note that nominations for Yeppoon close next Thursday, April 21

Just six days after Yeppoon, the Rockhampton Jockey Club (RJC) features one of its biggest TAB midweek meetings of the year.

The highlight will be the $134,000 Merlo Downs Stud Capricornia Sales 2YO Classic (1200m), which will attract a quality field.

Racing and breeding buffs should be getting into training already in preparation for this first week in May.

Socially, it starts at the Cambridge Hotel, Rockhampton at 6.30pm on Wednesday, May 4 where the Central Queensland Thoroughbred Breeders Association (CQTBA) will host a Calcutta Dinner.

This was a beauty last year so for more information contact Ross Shannon at www.cqtba.com.au.

Naturally, the rich 2YO Classic is the feature race on the agenda of eight races whereby over $200,000 in stakes will be up for grabs at Callaghan Park on Thursday, May 5.

The major supporting race Co the 3YO version of the Classic Co is also certain to lure top class horses as the prizemoney of $29,000 is nothing to sneeze at.

For would-be buyers at the Capricornia Yearlings Sales at the Rockhampton Showgrounds on Friday, May 6, before the races there is the opportunity to inspect yearlings.

For many that will be a day long process on the Thursday and the 101 yearlings to be offered will be available for individual inspection.

After the races, commencing at 6.30pm, in the Robert Schwarten Pavilion there will be a welcome barbeque with organisers advising C[pounds sterling]everybody is welcomeC[yen]. …

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