Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

New Sponsors for Turf Club to Kick off Year; St Patrick's Race Day Set to Wow Punters and Fashionistas on the Southside Track

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

New Sponsors for Turf Club to Kick off Year; St Patrick's Race Day Set to Wow Punters and Fashionistas on the Southside Track

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A HOST of improvements will greet racegoers to the first Gympie races this year, at the St Patrick's Day meeting on March 17.

In addition, several new sponsors will come on board to ensure the progressive Gympie Turf Club has another great year of racing. Advice Partners has become a major sponsor of the club this year, while the new members of the '100 Club' will be lending their valued support.

In addition, Centro will sponsor the popular Fashions of the Field competition and Sullivan Livestock will be the main sponsor on March 17.

The winning post surrounds have been repaired and revamped with signage and advertising, while a new backdrop and catwalk will be provided for the Fashions of the Field.

Centro will provide a range of prizes for the various fashion winners, with all finalists eligible to enter the draw for a $3000 prize at the end of the year.

Some permanent fencing and gates have been installed, creating a laneway from the horse stalls to the saddling paddock to separate horses crossing the entry road from cars.

These drop-in panels replace the removable panels used previously and will improve safety for horses, cars and people.

All available marquees have been booked for the March 17 races and a private function will be held on the upper level of the Bill Bishop building.

The main race on the day will be the Sullivan Livestock Open over 1030m, on what should be a another memorable day of racing.

Printing off to Cup

GYMPIE Printing won the major prize (valued at $10,000) at the recent 100 Club gala draw evening.

The winners will fly to Sydney before joining a cruise liner for a return trip to the Melbourne Cup, and will fly home after eight memorable days.

Long-time supporters of the Gympie Turf Club and the 100 Club, John Buckley Electrical, won the second prize, which included a three-day trip to Sydney for the Golden Slipper, valued at $6000.

Each 100 Club participant received a prize package.

Larrikin Downs jockey W.J. Cook provided some entertainment on the night, when interviewed by compere and former 4TAB personality, Mark Forbes.

The first 100 Club event will be the 100 Club Cup meeting on April 10, with a special 100 Club luncheon to be held in The Pavilion. …

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