Louth puts on a show for race week

The Louth Races committee has this year introduced a horse float rebate in an effort to attract good fields for the annual outback race meeting this Saturday August 8.

Mindful of the importance of good fields of horses in each event as well as the distances travelled by owners and trainers to bring horses to Louth, Louth Turf Club president Jim Strachan said the horse float rebate will help alleviate expenses.

Mr Strachan said the committee has also this year worked on infrastructure upgrades at the track which includes new wash down bays and a new swabbing stall.

The Louth Turf Club committee is very excited to be offering for auction a two year old yearling, generously donated by Tony McEvoy of McEvoy Mitchell Racing P/L ‘Lindsay Park’ stables.

Mr Strachan said the yearling has great breeding, is broken in and ready for training – and will be present in Louth on race day.

Landmark Walsh Hughes Bourke’s Greg Seiler will conduct the auction, with simultaneous online bidding generously provided by AuctionsPlus for those not in attendance.

It appears nothing has been overlooked in planning for this, the 57th annual race day for the modern day club:- wood will be carted free of charge for campers at the track (though it’s highly recommended to BYO if you have room on your tray as every year the crowd builds and seasoned race-goers to Louth will know just how cold it can get after dark); camping grounds will be prepared both on course and on the banks of the river; meals will be available all day, every day at Shindy’s Inn and from Friday afternoon through to Sunday morning on course, and live music can be enjoyed from Thursday morning through until Sunday afternoon at either Shindy’s Inn or at the race track.

Fancy a game of golf whilst fundraising for the Royal Flying Doctor Service?

The Gundabooka Golf Challenge, held annually on the Wednesday of race week is a popular day out where players and spectators can enjoy nine holes of golf, a fabulous camp oven lunch and then the charity auction after play finishes.

Thursday will see many ‘wannabe’ cooks slaving over their camp ovens in the hope of producing the winning damper (judged later that night), enjoying Joan’s Day ‘Live and Love Life’ novelty events, fishing or just relaxing in the sun in the beer garden at Shindy’s Inn.

Rounding out the small village’s big week of activities is Louth Public School’s annual fete.

Even though the school is one of the smallest in the country, the fete just keeps getting bigger and better every year!

Guests can indulge in Devonshire Teas and a sausage sizzle, relax and enjoy a massage or aromatherapy session and browse the huge variety of stalls on offer from hand-made designer hats to woodwork, crafts and preserves. It’ the perfect opportunity to set up a store and sell your wares on the Friday and then kick back and enjoy a day as the races on Saturday. Enquiries please call Troy on 02 6874 7426.