Gladstone Turf Club president David Weinert holds the Gladstone Cup.
Gladstone Turf Club president David Weinert holds the Gladstone Cup. KERRI-ANNE MESNER

President forecasts fine weather

GLOOMY weather did not deter Gladstone Turf Club members yesterday from preparing Ferguson Park for the hundreds of racegoers expected for Saturday’s Gladstone Cup race day.

Club president David Weinert said he had high hopes the gloomy, overcast, wet weather experienced across the Gladstone region yesterday would well and truly be gone by Saturday, particularly after checking the Bureau of Meteorology weather forecasts for the rest of the week.

“If it’s raining on Saturday, the plan will be to race on Sunday,” Mr Weinert said. Mr Weinert said it was expected 1500 to 1600 people would flock to the horse racing and fashion event, which was shaping up to rival Melbourne Cup and Cox Plate days at the local track.

“It’s really building up,” he said.

Gates open at 11am and tickets will be $10 at the gate on the day.

Mr Weinert said Mackay stayer Sea Dynasty was the horse to keep an eye on during the day as it won last year’s cup as well as the recent Thangool Cup.

“There’s no doubt it will be one of the favourites,” he said.



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