WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Jockey Kelly Gates was all smiles after winning race one at Mount Perry last year.
WINNERS ARE GRINNERS: Jockey Kelly Gates was all smiles after winning race one at Mount Perry last year. Adam McCleery

Mount Perry has Midas touch

THE Melbourne Cup has been run and won for another year, and as punters dust themselves off from Tuesday's festivities the Australian public turns its attention to the real race that stops the nation - the Mount Perry Cup.

The final meet of the North Burnett's spring racing carnival is just more than a week away.

Mount Perry Race Club will host its five-race program on Saturday, November 17, almost 150 years since the town's first race day.

The little town's love affair with racing began in 1872, and the sport of kings remains at the forefront of its rural way of life.

Mount Perry boasts a special connection to Australia's favourite race, proving it is still the gold standard for outback racing.

The famous Melbourne Cup trophy - currently en route to the UAE after Cross Counter snapped Godolphin's Cup hoodoo - was crafted with gold from Evolution Mining's Mt Rawdon open-pit operation.

The mine's relationship with the Melbourne Cup is new, but the company has long been a supporter of local racing

Evolution is the major sponsor of the Mount Perry Races and a big reason the club has an impressive total of $40,000 up for grabs at this year's event.

The day culminates with the 1400m handicap followed by everyone's favourite - the traditional Jocks Plate.

The novelty race will jump at 5pm to ensure runners are well hydrated.

Bragging rights are at stake and Councillor John Bowen has stumped up a $100 purse - an enticer for unlucky punters looking to recoup their losses.

The 100m Jocks Plate dash began when the race day coincided with the Cox Plate.
The 100m Jocks Plate dash began when the race day coincided with the Cox Plate. Shirley Way

There's plenty of action off the track too, and racegoers can look forward to entertainment for the kids, on-course bookies, live music, food, drink and free camping for those travelling from out of town.

As always, fashion will be front and centre in the theme of 'Midas Touch - a touch of gold'.

Competition is heating up and the best-dressed ladies and blokes will face off in the third heat of the North Burnett's regional Fashions on the Field for a chance to win a trip to Brisbane to represent our region.

A ladies' day at the Mount Perry Races.
A ladies' day at the Mount Perry Races. Adam McCleery

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