Horses Prepare to Race on the Sand

The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia), June 7, 2012 | Go to article overview

Horses Prepare to Race on the Sand


COME August, you'll be able to kick back on the beach and take in some horse racing.

The council yesterday approved the Harbour Beach Horse Racing Classic, which has been set down for August 26.

Red Carpet owner Mick Pope was pleased.

C[pounds sterling]We were very confident of getting through,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]We've spent 12 months on it and we really dotted the i's and crossed the t's all the way through.C[yen]

So, horses on the beach ... I asked what was going to happen in regards to the manure.

Mr Pope said it was funny I brought it up.

C[pounds sterling]We've got someone who's actually picking up the horse manure after each race,C[yen] he said.

This will be a first for Mackay and Mr Pope said it tied in with the region's 150th anniversary celebrations.

It will be a family friendly event with something for everyone.

C[pounds sterling]I believe it's going to put Mackay squarely on the tourism map ... it's something we want to continue on an annual basis,C[yen] Mr Pope said. …

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