11 tips to make your race day a winner
IT'S ONE of Warwick's favourite events of the year, but here are some handy hints to make sure you are on track to have a great day at the Warwick Boxing Day Races.
1. Where it's all at.
Allman Park Race Course, 170 Victoria St.
Gates open at 11am and the first race kicks off at 1:45pm.
There will be 6 races over the course of the afternoon.
2. It pays to be a kid.
Adult tickets are $20, concession tickets are $10 and kids under 16 years of age get in for free.
3. Expect a crowd.
Last year's races attracted around 1500 punters the the racecourse.
4. The horses won't be the only animals at the track.
DJ 'Big Dawg' (AKA Kent Wallace) from Killarney will be DJing from 3pm until late.
5. The races will go sky high.
The whole event is going to be televised on Sky Racing.
6. Win some cash.
It's going to be hot, so wear cool clothes that will keep you comfortable in the summer weather.
But putting a little effort into your outfit might just pay off, as there will be a best dressed competition for male and female patrons.
7. No need to spend your Christmas cash.
There will be ATMs on site and the bars and betting stations will accept Eftpos and PayPass.
8. Hydration will get you through.
There is no shortage of options.
Water will be readily available all around the precinct.
There will also be four fully-stocked bars on site and two drink ticket stations at the western and eastern ends of the track.
9. Eating is not cheating.
The canteen will offer a range of options including burgers, hot dogs, pies, sandwiches and wraps.
You can also pack a cute little picnic to bring if you want to save your pennies for the horses!
10. Rain won't stop the fun.
But don't worry - the races will go ahead no matter what the heavens do.
A 'phantom race' will be held in the event of wet weather, which means everything, minus the horses.
11. Get down with the lingo.
A first-starter is a horse making its racetrack debut; a photo-finish is the racing equivalent of a video referee; a mud-lark is a horse that performs well on wet tracks; silks are the bright-coloured outfits worn by jockeys; and a wager is a bet.