A pink day out at the races
THIS weekend's Nanango race meet will be a pink affair.
There'll be pink ribbons, pink prices and pink champagne.
Nanango Race Club president Andrew Green says Saturday's race meeting is in support of breast cancer.
"We always used to race in January and it used to coincide with the Sydney test match, with McGrath Day,” Mr Green said.
But the club had to move the day as, on average, the days were too hot and the storms too predictable, though they kept the pink theme.
They usually ran on Valentine's Day but that, too, has gone the way of the dodo.
"Another club got in first this year so we didn't get Valentine's Day,” he said.
Gates will open at about noon with the first race due to start at 1.25pm.
A free bus will depart the Glendon Street bus stop in Kingaroy at noon and reach the Nanango RSL at about 12.30pm.
Mr Green has a full day of racing planned with $4500 up for grabs in each of the five races.
As for fashions on the field, they're changing it up this time around.
Rather than a traditional parade, the judges will mingle with the crowd and hand out spot prizes.
The South Burnett's pinkest councillor, Kathy Duff, has donated jewellery for the best dressed.
For those punters with a thirst to quench, Jason Kinsella from Moffatdale Ridge will run the champagne bar.
On the top of the wine menu is his sparkling rose.
"It's a soft fruit-driven sparkling,” Mr Kinsella said.
"Perfect for a day at the races with fresh strawberries and hints of sherbet.
"It's made from cabernet and merlo grapes and it's for those that want a nice, soft bubbly.”
The race day closes out a bumper season for our region's wine maker.
"It's best season we had in fact, we've had a South Australian season with a wet winter and a dry summer,” Mr Kinsella said.
"They're the perfect growing conditions for vines.”
Group tables are available though Mr Green reckons folks wanting a large booking should just get there early and stake their claim.
Finally, the day will close MR Q performing for about an hour or so after the last race.
For more information on the Nanango races phone 41632346.
Race 1 - 1.25pm
Ken Mills Toyota Bench Mark 60 Handicap (1600 metres)
Race 2 - 2.05pm
Three Way Photos BenchMark 55 Handicap (1000 metres)
Race 3 - 2.45pm
Nanango Bookmakers Association Bench Mark 50 Handicap (1200 metres) 2.45
Race 4 - 3.25pm
Glendalough Brangus Stud/Papilloma Class B Handicap (Scaled + 1.5KG) (800 metres) 3.25
Race 5 - 4.05pm
Ruby Early Memorial Maiden Plate (1200 metres)