Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

New Track to Go on Show Next Weekend; Gympie Turf Club Reconstruction Work Complete and Ready for the Next Big Race Day

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

New Track to Go on Show Next Weekend; Gympie Turf Club Reconstruction Work Complete and Ready for the Next Big Race Day

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THE reconstruction of the Gympie racetrack was completed yesterday with the benefits of the work to be on display at the July 26 Zinc race day.

Brisbane firm Landfill Logistics, which specialises in work on racecourses, worked almost around the clock to ensure the minimum disruption to the training of horses in Gympie.

Gympie Turf Club president Spencer Slatter said Landfill Logistics personnel had been co-operative during the week-long construction period and had endeavoured to get horses "back on track" as soon as possible. This was important as several trainers have horses entered in the big Bundaberg Cup meeting this Saturday.

The reconstruction involved removing the sand from the track and laying down a solid base of compacted crusher dust and then replacing the sand as well as to the course proper. This work was financed by a grant from Racing Queensland whilst the GTC funded the installation of a retaining plinth on the inside and outside circumference of the track to prevent sand from being washed off the track.

RQ chairman Kevin Dixon will be a special guest of the GTC at the next races on July 26 when the new track is christened.

Another Munce win

Gympie trainer Kerry Munce continued his run of successes in Brisbane when his charge, Legazpi, won a 1600m Class 1 at Eagle Farm last Wednesday.

This added to the recent Saturday Brisbane win by his stable mate, Chalupa. Legazpi, a five year old Minardi gelding was coming off strong recent form, being placed at Caloundra, Ipswich and Eagle Farm at five of his eight starts prior to Wednesday's win.

Blondie to line up

Excellent entries were received for the Bundaberg Cup meeting tomorrow with 70 horses nominated for the five races.

The Darryl Gardiner trained El Supremo heads the Cup weights with 59kg for the $17,000 Gold Cup (1600m). An interesting Cup entry is Craiglea Blondie who won the 2011 Gympie Cup, defeating Harney and the landed the Bundaberg Summer Cup a few starts later.

Then trained here by Peter Fleming, Craiglea Blondie went for a long spell soon after, being in the paddock for over two years.

Now trained by Krystle Johnston, Craiglea Blondie was having her fifth run back from the long layoff when she ran a much improved race at Wondai last Saturday.

Craiglea Blondie raced on the pace and battled on gamely to be a long head second to Vain Dazzler with recent Gympie RSL Cup winner Glenthorn Avenue a length back in third. In the $10,000 Lightning (1090m), Gympie trainer Terry Hong has the top-weight, Haizum engaged.

Welcome addition

Kelly Gates is a welcome addition to the ranks of Gympie riders after recently moving here from Rockhampton.

Kelly has ridden 21 winners so far this season, including seven at Gladstone and five at Rockhampton. …

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