RACING: Wondai is ready to race in January for the first time in more than 20 years.
RACING: Wondai is ready to race in January for the first time in more than 20 years. Claudia Williams

Wondai ready for historic race meet

IT HAS been more than 20 years since Wondai hosted a racing carnival in January.

This is set to change on Saturday with the club taking advantage of hosting an additional meeting in 2019 presented by Racing Queensland.

President of South Burnett Race Club Jeff Wenck said the club was proud to offer another race to punters in the South Burnett.

"It will be an experience to go through a January meeting and everyone on the committee is keen,” he said.

Wondai is set to hit 36°C on Saturday but Wenck assures it will be an enjoyable day of racing despite the heat with the undercover area, grand stand and marquee for punters.

The committee has been working all week to ensure the sand track is in the best condition despite the recent dry conditions.

"We maintain the track all the time and throughout the week we have been putting the sprinklers on for 15 minutes in each section of the track,” Wenck said.

"It is very dry and a little but dusty and will end up watering the track on Saturday morning to stop the dust.”

For 2019 the club has new monitors to improve the race experience for the punters.

"That's half the racing. You the locals and their horses and then you have git to cater for the punter who bets interstate and is there for the social aspect,” Wenck said.

Racing will start at 1.55pm and the races are set to be strongly contested with over 40 nominations across the five races.

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