The Deagon Community Race Day is odds-on favourite to be one of the social events of the year. The race day has become a fixture on the calendar for many locals, and Walter Kuhn, of the Deagon Racing Club, said he knows why.
“This is really something the local community look forward to,” he said.
“A lot of locals probably would never go to Eagle Farm or Doomben, but this is a great, local, social day out.
“And a lot of people in this area would have a connection with the racing community there – maybe their grandfather or their uncle was a trainer.
“A lot of trainers have their homes there at Deagon with stables out the back and they walk their horses down the street or to the beach for a swim and it’s a sight to behold.”
Racegoers are encouraged to dress up and get creative with their hats and fascinators.
“There will be Fashions in the Field, with some great prizes on offer for ladies, gentlemen and kids as well,” Walter said.
For the first time this year, Race Day will feature the perpetual Apprentice Cup, a nod to the racetrack’s role as a training ground for young jockeys.
“The racing industry has been a part of that area for a long, long time and the Deagon track is a training track,” Walter said. “It’s the best introduction for apprentices, so we wanted to honour that with the Apprentice Cup.”
Walter added the day would have a relaxed, country vibe, with foot races for the kids, and mums and dads, food trucks and pop up bars.
“The mini trotters will be back this year as well; they were a big crowd pleaser last year,” he said.
“We will have bookies there and we’ve done that deliberately – it’s easier to deal with bookies, particularly if you don’t bet regularly.
“A bookie will give you the time of day, whereas a TAB machine does not.”
The Deagon Community Race Day will be held on Sunday 7 July. Gates open at 10am. General admission $15; Deagon Racing Club Marquee ‘member for a day’ $85 per person, or $75 per person for a table of 10, includes two platters of finger food. Tickets: www.deagonracingclub.com