Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Big Losses from Abandoned Races; More Than $100,000 Has Been Lost in Prize Money

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Big Losses from Abandoned Races; More Than $100,000 Has Been Lost in Prize Money

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THE recent spate of abandoned country race meetings have cost more than $100 000 in prize money lost to those involved in country racing in south east Queensland.

With the loss of the Nanango, Kilcoy and four of the five races at Bundaberg in the last couple of weeks, owners and trainers are desperately looking for somewhere to race their horses.

Country jockeys are also hard hit by the loss of these meetings with opportunities to ride in the 14 lost races depriving them of a significant amount of income.

At least Nanango was granted a replacement date on January 17.

Currently the fate of the Kilcoy meeting is not known.

However, Bundaberg is unlikely to gain any replacement for last week's meeting, as RQ seems to regard a one race meeting as a betting fixture, hence disqualifying the club from a replacement date.

In a quest for suitable races, two Gympie trained horses may make the nine hour round trip to race at Gladstone this Saturday.

Esk races tomorrow but the five race card has drawn only a couple of Gympie horses due to a lack of suitable races.

The next non-TAB country meeting in the area is Bell on January 3 followed by Gatton on the 10th.

Bundaberg races again on Febuary 7 followed by Nanango on the 14th and Eidsvold on the 21st, as the country area gets back into action after the holiday period.

Chinchilla Cup

THIS Saturday's Chinchilla Cup meeting has drawn record nominations of 111 for the six-race card.

With base prize money per race of $7000 plus the $15,000 Cup, prize money totals $50,000 for Chinchilla which contrasts with the 106 nominations for the seven race Toowoomba TAB fixture Saturday night which offers $98,000 in total prize money.

Attard takes the money

A 16-HOUR round trip by bus proved doubly lucky for apprentice Lee Attard at Bundaberg on Saturday.

Firstly he rode a winner and secondly it was the only race held on the day.

Lee rode the Darryl Gardiner trained Jeb's Boy to a fast finishing three length win in the 850m Class B over Incoming Call (I. …

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