Welcome to the Gympie Turf Club!
Our Club has been conducting race meetings in Gympie for well over 100 years with the first race meetings held during the gold rush days of the late 1860’s. The Club operates from Adrian McClintock Park which is situated at Exhibition Road in Gympie and shares high class facilities with the Gympie Show Society.
The Club hosts nine race days per year with iconic meetings including the Nolan Gympie Muster Cup and the Nationwide Civil Gympie Cup. Gympie is only one hour from the Sunshine Coast and two hours from Brisbane on the Bruce Highway yet you will experience the feeling of a real country race meeting.
Gympie Turf Club - 100 Club
Membership into the Gympie Turf Club's exclusive 100 Club are now available, but only for a limited time! Membership is a fantastic way for your business to grow, reach new audiences, and network with other local organisations. Only 100 memberships are sold in the 100 Club, which means every member is guaranteed a prize of a sponsorship package of unsurpassed value to your business. The minimum prize package is valued at $1,000. First prize winner will receive a fantastic prize pacakge, including 7 nights accommodation for 2 people at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort, as well as the naming rights to the prestigious 100 Club Cup Race Day! Contact us today to secure your spot!
Goldrush Three Cup Challenge Winner
Deagon trainer, Pat Duff trained his second Gympie Cup winner after a break of 48 years when warm favourite, Fasta than Light delighted the big Cup crowd in sweeping to a convincing win in the $20,000 River Junction Gympie Cup over 1,600m. Pat, who also collected the $5,000 trainers bonus as the winner of the Three Cups Gold Rush Challenge conducted by the GTC won the Gympie Cup in 1968 with Gympie owned Papilloma.
The Gympie Cup win was not without drama as Toowoomba apprentice, Hannah English, who was down to ride Fasta than Light, was injured when dislodged from her horse in race 2 and was in hospital for observation when the Cup was run. Pat Duff requested to be allowed to replace Hannah with a senior rider as Fasta than Light needed an experienced jockey. The best possible replacement rider for a front runner was sitting in the jockeys room - Cyril Small. Cyril won fame for numerous winning efforts on champion front runner Vo Rogue.
As expected Small rated the $1.95 favourite perfectly in the lead over the 1,600m. Although pressured for the lead most of the way by Songspur ($15, S. Bayliss, Fasta than Light forged to the lead on the home bend before drawing clear in the straight for a 3 ¾ length win. Mackay visitor and last start Townsville winner, Artibai ($2.70,C. Bayliss) finished strongly after box - seating all the way to be second with restricted galloper, the Eidsvold trained Tiverton ($80, I. Coombes) running a great race for third ahead of the other Manzelmann trained galloper, Sunbury ($5, M. Cox) fourth.
Fasta than Light (6g, Hidden Dragon - Cheer Girl by Celestial Dancer) has had a magnificent season on sand tracks following his win in the $22,000 Gympie Muster Cup (by 10 ¼ lengths)in August followed by victory in the Bundaberg Gold Cup (6 lengths). Last year he won the Wondai Cup on the sand and was third in the Gympie Cup. After the horse had worked impressively on the Deagon sand track, Pat Duff certainly pulled the right rein in trying him on the Wondai sand in their 2015 Cup. The Cup winner is raced by Glen Abbott who tumbled into the horse when he chanced to run into Pat Duff at the MM sale and indicated he was interested in getting into another horse with the Duff stable. Pat was very keen on the Hidden Dragon youngster as he was a member of the Scomeld family with a strong Lyndhurst stud family behind him. Pat originally trained Scomeld to win the MacDougall Stakes in Brisbane before she was sold later winning the VRC Oaks - Wakeful Stakes double.
Fasta than light was purchased for $3,400 at the MM yearling sale. His dam, Cheer Girl, a city winner, has produced six winners to Lyndhurst stallions including Stakes winner, Holding by Sequalo.
In another timely twist, Pat's twin borther, Cedric, strapped Fasta than Light just as he did with Papilloma, 48 years previously.
Admission to the races is $10 for adults, $5 for pensioners. Admission on Melbourne Cup day is $15 for adults.
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