2 March, 2021
The luck of the Irish
Springsure is set to host its first race day and years this coming St Patricks day
By Richard "Nugget" Turbull
Springsure will soon host their first race meeting since September 2019 and the track will explode into a sea of green for the annual Springsure St Patrick’s Day races.
On March 20, the racecourse will become little Ireland of yesteryear with the Irish-themed race day being a yearly headline social affair in the town.
Punters will be hoping a downpour of Irish luck pours down on them from above.
The Irish-themed race meeting always kick starts Springsure’s big events on the social calendar.
The race day looks set to draw in the big numbers with many folk from around the Highlands along with townsfolk and those from surrounding grazing areas longing for a return to pre-COVID normal with the race day.
The 2021 edition is sending a spark of excitement around old Springsure town.
The club, coming off a two-year hiatus in the spelling paddock due to COVID-19, is tearing at the bridle and is set to serve up a day’s racing that Springsure has never seen.
Springsure St Patrick’s Day Club President Terry Hoare said the club has gone all out defying the tough economic times and pushing up prizemoney by close to 10 per cent for the meeting to ensure that trainers, jockeys and owners are well looked after with the club offering a record $55,000 in prize money to be divided across the five race card.
The main event on the program will be the $12,000 Woolcock Family Bracelet Open Handicap.
The day will have something for everyone including the highly coveted Springsure St Patrick’s Day Fashions of the Field.
A big offering of food options will be available and the bar will keep the Irish cheer pouring in for the punters throughout the day and well into the night.
The live band, Velocity, will also keep the Irish step dance going well into the night.
The kiddies will relish all the trimming set up on-course to keep the kids in an array of old Irish fun with two jumping castles in operation.
As always Springsure St Patrick’s Day club puts safety in front of all other activities for their patrons and for their convenience the club provides a shuttle bus.
The buses will run on demand from Springsure State School from 12noon at the Charles St gate.
The bus will shuttle throughout the day and night to keep up with demand on the day and well into the evening.
There will be basic camping facilities on offer at the track, including access to the toilets.
Campers are welcome to a breakfast that will be served on Sunday morning.
Patrons can book their tickets at Eventbrite, and those hoping to get there early to claim a good table can enter the course from 11am, with the first race on the program kicking off at 1.30pm.
General gate entry for sale online is $24 for adults and $12 for high school students and seniors.
Free entry for primary school students but tickets must be booked online on Eventbrite due to COVID-19 restrictions.
There will not be any tickets available at the gate.
The event will be a COVID-safe event with the club following all current protocols.
For more information, either phone Club Secretary, Philippa Whitehead on 4984 1021 or check out the Springsure St Patrick’s Day Races Facebook page.