RACE READY: The Kumbia race track has greened up after the recent rains ahead of Melbourne Cup day.
RACE READY: The Kumbia race track has greened up after the recent rains ahead of Melbourne Cup day. Keagan Elder

'Flemington of the bush' comes alive

IF YOU can't get to Flemington for the Melbourne Cup next week, go for the next best option and gallop along to Kumbia Races.

With the first race scheduled for 12.45pm the day promises to be a good one for all those lucky enough to have the day off work.

The turf club will host five races, with the last due to run at about 4pm, though club secretary Wendy Mathews said people are welcome to stay on a little later.

"We'll have the southern races going and with daylight saving down there we always end up staying a bit later."

The club will have a number of TV screens set up to broadcast the Melbourne Cup so it's unlikely you'll miss any of the action.

Fashions on the Field are back.

Along with a standard best-dressed man, the turf club is running two competitions for the ladies, a Classic section and the Unique Style section.

"Classic section is sort of like classic race wear whereas Unique Style, it is something a little different," Mrs Mathews said.

"Classic is more formal."

Prizes for the women's sections include an accommodation package at the Bunya Mountains, some jewellery and a handbag.

For the blokes there's a swag of camping gear on offer.

There are limited options for those wishing to stay the night as Racing Queensland doesn't allow punters to camp or park caravans in the race club grounds.

"They can camp at the small council grounds in town but it only takes about six caravans."

Rykes Fuel Deport on Bell St also has a camp ground but space is limited.

There are two buses ferrying patrons to the grounds.

The Kingaroy bus leaves the Carrollee Hotel at 11am and the Nanango bus departs from the South Burnett Energy and Information Centre at 10am.

Bookings are essential for the Nanango bus and contact details can be found on the Kumbia Race club Facebook page.

The Nanango bus costs $25 and includes entry to the races.

Along with a wine and cheese tent, the club is running a losing ticket draw for folks who back the wrong filly.

They'll be giving away Queensland Racing football jerseys that have been signed by Billy Slater.

"You'd have to say they're quite unique."

Three of the five races have been flagged as memorial races recognising Joyce and Boy Reed, Jim Lanihan and Rob Stewart.

Mrs Mathews said conditions are favourable for a top day with green grass all around.

"The track should be good, they're talking about some storms on Friday," Mrs Mathews said.

"The day should be clear and with the rain we had early in the month the grass should be pretty green."

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