JANUARY RACE: South Burnett Race Club will host an additional meeting in 2019.
JANUARY RACE: South Burnett Race Club will host an additional meeting in 2019. Claudia Williams

Wondai will race in January

RACING CARNIVAL: Wondai will add another race to their calendar in 2019, with South Burnett Race Club to host a one-off race on January 19.

The club has embraced the opportunity to hold the meeting that was scheduled for Gayndah following the cancellation of the club's 150th Annual Queensland Derby in October.

Gayndah Jockey Club president Brad Duke said the club was appreciative that Racing Queensland was prepared to offer them another meeting after more than 60mm of rain fell in the 24 hours prior to the October derby and the club had no choice but to call off the six races headlining the event.

"However January has its problems with weather, a meeting being in a major school holiday period and a limited ability to attract fields to race,” Duke said.

"There is no other Queensland country race meeting in January.

"I want to make sure the club and the new committee has every opportunity to forward-plan for events and partner with all racing partners and sponsors etc so the club's financial sustainability is enhanced.”

South Burnett Race Club president Jeff Wenck recognises the challenges that come with holding a carnival in January but couldn't say no to the opportunity.

"Hopefully we won't get any cyclones but you never know with the weather in January and with it being after Christmas and a week before school goes back you don't know what it will be like,” he said.

"You have got to say yes and get your backside into gear because it is to your own detriment if you say no and you have got to take every opportunity that you can get.”

The meeting will be in addition to the club's regular meetings in April and October and, if successful, Wenck sees the potential for an extra carnival to be added to the calendar.

"It is going to come in handy, it will be good to see if that date is available in the future and if we get a successful meeting we might apply for it in the future,” he said.

South Burnett

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