Wondai Race day a fitting tribute to Burnett family
IT MIGHT be winter in the South Burnett, but the Wondai Races are sure to heat up this weekend.
The July race day will pay tribute to the Duff family and their long involvement with horse racing in the South Burnett.
Four of the five races on the day are a memorial to members of the Duff family.
South Burnett Regional Council deputy mayor, Kathy Duff said the race day was a fitting tribute for her family.
"My dad, my uncle, my brother and my cousins have all trained race horses,” she said.
Ms Duff said the annual Wondai Race meet is a sentimental day for her.
"It's very close to my heart,” she said.
"It does get emotional.”
The region's deputy mayor will have her hands full on the day as one of the Fashions on the field event organisers.
The theme for the day is 'Winter Brights'.
Ms Duff was looking forward to seeing some impressive outfits to combat the sometimes chilly Wondai temperatures.
"I'm hoping people dress up in their winter woolies,” she said.
She had some helpful tips for anyone who was thinking of nominating for the prestigious fashion event.
"A big part of the checklist is wearing clothing from local suppliers,” Ms Duff said.
"Sometimes they get them from St Vinnies or Lifeline.”
There are sashes and prizes to be won for best dressed lady, best dressed gentleman, best dressed couple, best dressed girl and best dressed boy.
The action is sure to be just as hot on the track.
In race one, the Krystle Johnston trained, Craiglea Lizzy looks promising with an overall place percentage of 57 per cent.
In race two, all four horses have plenty of experience with Viceman the least experienced with 28 rides.
With places in its last three starts, Mahratta looks good in race three trained and ridden by Kristy and Adam Best.
In race four, Rosinca and Magic Panther should factor well, both coming off good results at this distance in recent meets.
In the final race of the day, Craiglea Cetina is sure to be a bookie's favourite, placing in its last five races and winning in its last start at this distance.
The next Wondai Race Day is Saturday, July 6.
Gates open at 11am and the first local race starts at 1.45pm.
Sky Racing coverage of TAB meetings starts from 11.30am and there will be on course bookmakers.
Entry is $10 and race programs are available at the gate for $5.