Best bets ready Gladstone Turf Club set for six-race meet
HORSE RACING: The Gladstone Turf Club will host a six-race program at Ferguson Park this Saturday with the first race to leave the barriers after 1pm.
It will be a good day at the races for the punters with some local horses aiming to place.
Gladstone trainer stalwart Dennis Schultz was doing some last-minute preparations for several racing hopefuls yesterday.
"I've got a couple of horses that I have been working with, Lucifer's Angel and Duran Dubai, who is on stand-by," Schultz said.
Lucifer's Angel will be running in the Summer Bright Bench Mark 55 Handicap and Schultz was optimistic how the six-year old mare would run.
"She's had a few problems lately when she swallowed her tongue a bit," he said.
"It didn't help with her race because her tongue goes back and she can't get enough oxygen.
"So she is now tongue tied and see how she goes from there." Duan Dubai is a six-year old gelding being kept in reserve in case of any scratchings.
Schultz has been around racehorses and tracks for over 40 years and still loves to mix it with the sport of kings.
"Ever since I was a kid I would go down and work with the horses on the school holidays and properties," he said."
Gladstone Turf Club president Dave Weinert was excited when he said the races this Saturday would be one of the biggest yet.
"This will absolutely be one of the biggest race days we've had in almost 20 years, without a doubt," he said.
"The marquees have been booked from three weeks ago and the tables are getting booked out fast as well.
"I recommend the punters and spectators get in early for a big race day."
Television sets will be available for the punters to watch the interstate races just a few metres from where their race starters are to be saddled.
The popular Heron Island Resort Fashions on the Field will be held to keep spectators entertained between races.
The six races are:
Heron Island QTIS Maiden Plate (1000m)
Chris O'Donohue Class B Handicap (850m)
Summer Bright Bench Mark 55 Handicap (1517m)
Wayne Wilson Memorial Bench Mark 60 Handicap (1000m)
Departure Point Gladstone Newmarket Open Handicap (1194m)
Iron Jack Gladstone Cup Open Handicap (1608m).
Gates open at 11am and entry is $15 or $13 online.