Hundreds expected at the track this weekend

FASHION FORWARD: Danielle Yama rocking her outfit from Loft 23. Dress by Talulah $280, headpiece by Morgan and Taylor $90.
FASHION FORWARD: Danielle Yama rocking her outfit from Loft 23. Dress by Talulah $280, headpiece by Morgan and Taylor $90.

Throngs of Mount Isa locals will don their glad rags for the St Patrick's Day races at Buchanan Park on Saturday.

There will be a full day and night of entertainment for the first local race meeting of 2018.

The five-race program offers up a combined $35,000 prize-purse, with each race handing out $7000 a pop. 

The first race will jump at 2pm and the final race at 4.40pm. 

Live entertainment will continue well into the evening. 

Mount Isa Race Club president and jockey Dan Ballard said they hoped to draw more than 600 racegoers to the track.  

“Because the beach race day was cancelled, we think people will be really excited for these races,” Mr Ballard said. 

“It’s the first meeting of the year after three months off.

“I think there is a fair appetite out there after the long break, people seem to be pretty interested.”

Mr Ballard said Mount Isa Mining Supplies (Brett Peterson) had come onboard again to sponsor fashions on the field.

“There will be some really great prizes,” Mr Ballard said. 

“We are looking for people to keep with the St Patrick’s Day theme so I would suggest traditional race wear with a splash of green.”

The Mount Isa racing season was due to begin on March 4 but wild weather forced the club to push back the first meeting. 

Loft 23 will be open till 12:30pm on Saturday to allow racegoers to snatch up an outfit.

Loft 23 will be open till 12:30pm on Saturday to allow racegoers to snatch up an outfit.

There has been limited opportunities for trainers to work horses in the past fornight because of the heavy rains, so a few changed have been made to the racing program. 

The majority of these amendments are alterations to distances, which will be shortened.  

Upcoming local race meetings include the Cloncurry Luau Races on March 24, and Maxwelton on April 7. 

The amended race program is:

Open Plate (sw) 1000m – distance was previously 1100m.

Benchmark 65 Handicap 1000m – no change.

Benchmark 60 Hcp 900m – distance was previously 1200m.

Rating Band 0-50 Handicap 1000m – class was previously Benchmark 50 Hcp.

QTIS Maiden Plate (2yo & up sw) 900m – distance was previously 1000m and QTIS funding now added.