Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Gympie Leads Pack in Trainer Bonuses

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Gympie Leads Pack in Trainer Bonuses

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THE Gympie Turf Club is at the forefront of awarding trainer bonuses with the $5000 Three Cups Gold Rush Challenge to get under way on June 25 with the running of the $10 000 RSL Cup. This bonus is to be decided by a points system over Gympie's three major Cup races, the RSL Cup, the Muster Cup (in August) and the Gympie Cup (in October).

Burrandowan

THE iconic Burrandowan Picnic Races takes centre stage tomorrow with 53 acceptors for their five-race card. Set among the gum trees in the middle of nowhere, the Burrandowan track provides a glimpse of grassroots racing. First staged in 1922 when a group of soldier-settlers in the area got together to stage a largely social event, Burrandowan has gone from strength to strength over the years. About an hour west of Kingaroy, the track has no mobile phone coverage or ATMs, so the large crowd is free to fully enjoy the racing and social interaction. Activities begin at 9am with a clay target shoot and then continue on after the races with a pit barbecue and dancing under the stars.

This year's Burrandowan Cup carries total prizemoney of $10,000 and is a Benchmark 50 over 1600m. With a limit of 10 starters over the 11600m, last start Wondai winner, Luck's In heads the weights on 62.5 kg but will get in very well with 4kg off for apprentice Corey Bayliss who will be out to win his first race at his second day of race riding.

National series

QUEENSLAND country apprentice, Stephanie Lacy almost secured a win for the Queensland apprentices team in the National Apprentices Series with a win at Murray Bridge last week. Stephanie, who is currently second behind Hannah English on the Queensland Country Apprentices Premiership, had obtained her provincial licence only days before the Murray Bridge win over 2200m with the success boosting Queensland to second, one point behind winners Western Australia. …

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