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Milestone for iconic race meet

GIDDY UP: The Eidsvold Races are on again on February 17, celebrating 130 years of country racing.
GIDDY UP: The Eidsvold Races are on again on February 17, celebrating 130 years of country racing. Tobi Loftus

THE Eidsvold Race Club is celebrating a milestone on February 17 with the 130th race club meet.

With the recent rainfall over the weekend, the race program has been adjusted with an extra race in Eidsvold, as the Bundaberg Races were called off.

This means the program will feature six races, instead of five.

The committee would like to thank Balshaw's Mitre 10 and Greenup Eidsvold Station for sponsoring the last race which will be 1000 metres handicap.

The Eidsvold Jockey Club was formed at a meeting at Clark's Star Hotel in Eidsvold on Friday November 18, 1887.

President Lyle Murray said it was interesting to look back at the history of the races and how 130 years later, it was stronger than ever.

"The club's first race meeting was held on the bank of the Burnett River, across the upstream of the Eidsvold Station Homestead on January 9, 1888,” Mr Murray said.

"The track was measured by out by Frank Perry, under the supervision of Eidsvold Station Manager Mr Hallam, this was to be the racing site of the club until it acquired its present tract of land from a block owned by William F McCord where they first raced in 1892.”

The Eidsvold Race Club has experienced some changes since its inception 130 years ago.

"Many things have changed within the club over the years, including the name, the Eidsvold Jockey Club became the Eidsvold-Burnett Race Club somewhere between 1900 and 1927,” Mr Murray said.

"The next name change occurred between 1930 and 1934 when it became the Eidsvold Picnic Race Club, which remained until 1990, when the current Eidsvold Race Club Inc. came into being.”

Some exceptional wins have taken place at the race course.

"The Christmas meeting on December 26 and 27 in 1900 belonged to Mr Paddy Ryan, when his horses had eight wins and four placings out of 12 races,” Mr Murray said.

"As a lad of 13 his son Jack rode Fortitude to second place in a race at this meeting, over these two days Jockey Davis rode 9 winners and three seconds out of 12 races.”

The races are set to welcome hundreds of people from across the region next weekend with two common interests that is country racing and fashion.

The club will provide free bus trips from Mundubbera and Eidsvold to the race course, enticing people to attend and enjoy a great day out with family and friends.

The gates will open at 11am and the first local race is at 1.30pm. Entry is $10 for adults and $5 for pensioners.

There will also be children's entertainment such as a jumping castle, Lego tent and an afternoon of novelty events including hobby horse races, sack races and egg and spoon races.

Mr Murray said he would like to thank all race sponsors and general club sponsors for supporting the event.

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