Track in perfect condition for racing
RACING: It is set to be a great day of racing at the third and final Wondai race of the season on Saturday.
President of the Wondai Race Club, Geoff Wenk said they are looking forward to a great day of racing provided the weather clears.
The recent rain has been welcomed by race organisers as a change to the dry conditions of recent meetings.
"The rain has boosted the track and it looks marvellous.
"If the rain clears the track will be perfect.
"It doesn't take long for the track to drain.
"It is a pretty safe track even when it is wet.”
Local jockey Hannah Phillips reassured punters via Facebook on Wednesday that the track is good condition for racing.
"I can confirm the track is in excellent condition and the forecast looks good (although there is the possibility of rain on Saturday afternoon, hopefully it stays away long enough to get through the race,” she posted.
The club will hold the usual five-race format .
"The Caulfield Cup is an essential meeting for us, it is always a big day at Wondai,” Wenk said.
The club has received 17 nominations for race three, the QTIS benchmark, but is only able to have 10 horses on the track at a time.
The day will open with the coveted Wondai Cup, raced in appreciation of Roy and Glennis Radunz and their contribution to the club.
The cup was named in honour of the pair, who have made a great contribution to the club over many years, in 2010.
"We have has a long association with the club,” Roy said.
"It is an honour to be recognised by the club.”
Roy has been involved in the club for 56 years. He was secretary of the club from 1961 to 1984 and then president from 1984 to 2010.
"When I came in the club we were having 17 race days a year and now it is down to three,” he said.
Glennis took over Roy's role as secretary in 1984 to 2010 and continues as race day secretary today.
Local jockey Gemma Steele will be racing at the event alongside travelling jockeys from throughout the state.
Gates will open at 10.30am before the first of five races starts at 1.30pm.
"We hope everyone comes and enjoys a great day of racing,” Wenk said.
"The theme of the the day is flowers and fascinators.”