The Commonwealth Games is fantastic exposure for the Gold Coast, its facilities and our great sunshine state. But with the event only a few weeks away, everyone in the south-east is frantically trying to adapt to the increased population and subsequent changes in transport. And the Gold Coast Turf Club is no exception to the circumstance.
With a full schedule of racing planned for the year, the club is adapting arrangements for one of their annual race events. The race, to be held on April 7, falls in the middle of the Commonwealth Games, which prompted GC Turf Club CEO and Racing Queensland Chief Steward, Allan Reardon, to shift the event to another location.
“The meeting is in the heart of the Commonwealth Games, and we are supporting the event in a number of different ways,” Mr Lines said.
In a first for the club, the race meet will be picked up and moved one-hour drive inland from the coast to Beaudesert.
It will officially be the Gold Coast Turf Club’s first country race event.
“Our idea was to move it to Beaudesert to take the pressure off the coast a little bit,” Mr Lines said.
“It will take the pressure off the trainers who might be bringing horses down from Brisbane and our local guys.
“People don’t want to come down the M1 with horses in the middle of the Games.”
The race’s theme will now embrace more of a country feel and a picnic theme, inspired by events at Hanging Rock in Victoria.
“Picnic race days are huge in other areas but south-east Queensland hardly does it,” Mr Lines said.
“It offers something different for the day and allows social and city folk to come together.
“If it works it’s something we will look at doing in the future.”
We think the combination of Gold Coast flare and relaxed country style will create a winning event! You can find out more about the coast-meets-bush race day at the Aquis Park website.