Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Callaghan Park Offers Free Entry to See Top Racing Punters Race to Callaghan Park

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Callaghan Park Offers Free Entry to See Top Racing Punters Race to Callaghan Park

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HORSE RACING

TONY McMAHON

AS THE saying goes -- ''if it sounds too good to be true it probably is" but there are exceptions to every rule.

Such as at tomorrow's Callaghan Park races in Rockhampton where the Rockhampton Jockey Club has thrown the gates open offering free admission.

That's right -- free admission for what is shaping as one of the best Saturday race dates on the RJC calendar with six TAB races including the star studded $30,000 Magic Millions Country Cup Qualifier (1200m).

Refreshingly, the RJC CEO Tony Fenlon explained that the club was hoping that the lure of free admission may attract new clientele to Callaghan Park including the "younger brigade".

"The club decided to try something different," Mr Fenlon said.

"Tomorrow's races are sandwiched between the Busby Marou concert and the big events at the Great Western Hotel.

"Those attractions will bring an influx of people to Rockhampton and free admission may just get some extra folk to Callaghan Park," he said.

"Sure, the free admission is an experiment but we have to try these things as we are competing with pubs and clubs where people can attend for no admission and watch and bet on the races," Mr Fenlon said.

"Now they have the chance to see the live product at Callaghan Park at no cost," Mr Fenlon explained.

As an added bonus The Members (lounge) at Callaghan Park will be open to the public throughout the race day.

In that facility overlooking the horse parade ring, a special gourmet lunch is on offer at a cost of $20 which should appeal to those searching for value in the food stakes as well.

Fenlon was spot on when he said the MM Qualifier listed as Race 6 at 5.10pm rivalled a Rockhampton Newmarket field in quality.

Included in the line-up are last year's Rocky Newmarket winner, the Paul Butterworth Brisbane trained Counter Meal as well as the Townsville Cup winner Chivadahlii. …

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