The Bowen Turf Club will host a five race program on August 6.
The Bowen Turf Club will host a five race program on August 6. Josh Dutton

Bowen Turf Club set to offer new trackside fun

THE Bowen Turf Club will host a five race program on August 6 - with number 2 its feature race, the Ben Bolt Cup.

A total of $35,000 in prize money is up for grabs over the five races.

This year club secretary Emily Harvey was excited to announce the inclusion of some fun events to be run between the horse races.

Instead of the traditional foot race there will be tomato carting, large melon carrying and a mud crab race, which people may be able to bet on.

"We wanted to make things a little more attractive to a younger crowd and provide entrainment for backpackers travelling through," she said.

Whitsunday Regional Council Division 6 councillor Mike Brunker will be the compere for the day's entertainment.

The fashion on the field theme this year will also be different - the theme will be Aussie style.

Ms Harvey said the race namesake Ben Bolt was the first Queensland horse to win the Caulfield Cup in 1886. Initially brought from Toowoomba to be trained in Bowen, Ben Bolt won a string of races under big weights, before two epic wins in Mackay ahead of the winning of the Caulfield Cup. Horse transport was far from flash in 1886 - poor Ben was ridden from Bowen to Mackay before being shipped south by sea.

Gates open at 11am for a 1.30pm race one start.

After parties will kick off from 6pm at the Merinda and Queensbury Hotels.

BOWEN RACES

  • What: The Ben Bolt Cup
  • Where: Bowen Turf Club
  • When: August 6, gates open from 11am

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