ON TRACK: The annual Nanango Easter races will be on this weekend.
ON TRACK: The annual Nanango Easter races will be on this weekend. Claudia Williams

Going to the Nanango races an Easter tradition

PUNTERS will turn out in their droves for the Easter Saturday races at Nanango this weekend as they do each year, with the race club celebrating 51 years of the tradition.

Nanango Race Club president Andrew Green said the race day was an Easter tradition for many race-goers, making it the club's biggest meeting on the calendar.

"It has become a bit of a tradition and this is the 51st year,” he said.

"Everyone has their traditions for Easter, to make the most of the four days off, and for a lot of people that means they come to the Nanango races.”

The five-race program has attracted 58 nominations and Green said the meeting would be on par with expectations if each race has up to 11 horses in the starting gate.

"The track looks terrific with the rain we had a few weeks ago and the preparation is going along smoothly,” Green said.

"It should be a good day of racing because on this grass track you can lead and win or come from behind and it gives every horse a chance.”

The first race of the day will be the benchmark McDonald's Kingaroy 65 handicap 1200m, followed by the Heritage Bank Nanango benchmark 60 handicap base rating 48 1600m.

Racing will continue with the Country Design and Print 55 handicap 800m, followed by the Xtreme 4x4 sport class B handicap 1200m race.

The final race of the day will be the Pursers Buses QTIS maiden plate 1000m.

Green said the crowd would be sure to embrace the spirit of the day with the fashions on the field theme of Easter bonnets and top hats.

"We just need the crowd to roll in and hopefully the weather stays fine and we should have a good day,” he said.

Entry is $10 for adults, $5 for pensioners, and children under 16 can enter for free. Gates open at 10am.

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