The Audi Centre Toowoomba was again affirmed as the major partner; as a result, the local dealership showcased the reveal of events associated with this year’s Weetwood carnival.
In addition to the time-honoured Weetwood raceday, the Toowoomba Turf Club announced that it will again deliver a week of festivities – ‘Weetwood Week’ – to exhibit all things great about the city’s long-standing event. Weetwood Week will tee off on Saturday, 1 April with the Weetwood Gala, a luxurious evening at Clifford Park benefiting local powerhouse charity, It’s A Bloke Thing.
The Ladbrokes Weetwood Golf Day will take place on Monday, April 3, where players can mix it with the stars of Weetwood at the City Golf Club. The 18-hole four-person Ambrose event also features a chance to win an Audi vehicle with a hole-in-one on a selected hole.
The following morning, on Tuesday, 4 April, Clifford Park will host the annual Breakfast with the Weetwood Stars.
The Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood Barrier Draw will be held on Wednesday, 5 April at CBD dining hotspot, The Walton Stores. It is a must-attend event for those with a passion for racing, as the barriers are drawn that could determine the fate of the Weetwood contenders. The traditional Weetwood Racing Mass will be carried out the same evening with Father McGinley, who will bless the track, horses, jockeys and trainers in the lead-up to Weetwood.
On the eve of Toowoomba’s premier raceday, the revamped and much-anticipated Ladbrokes Weetwood Calcutta Sportsman’s Lunch will be conducted at Clifford Park, featuring legendary Queensland footballer Alfie Langer as guest speaker.
All the associated Weetwood Week events culminate on Saturday, 8 April, with the city’s annual social event, the Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood.
TTC Chief Executive Officer Blair Odgers felt the launch provided an in-depth snapshot of what the community can expect for the 2017 Weetwood carnival.
“The Weetwood is a community event and we have ensured the raceday and associated Weetwood events encompass everyone – from our newest racing enthusiasts, through to our most seasoned followers,” Mr Odgers said.
“We encourage the community to embrace all things Weetwood and appreciate one of the longest sprint handicaps in Australia, an achievement that, as a community, we should be very proud of.”
Coveted Weetwood Handicap Trophy
2017 Face of Weetwood Robyn Carter and Toowoomba Region Councillor Nancy Sommerfield
Toowoomba Turf Club CEO Blair Odgers and MC and Sky Broadcaster Bernadette Cooper
Audi Centre Toowoomba Principal David Russell, Toowoomba Turf Club Chairman Kent Woodford, 2016 Weetwood winning Trainer Tony Sears, and 2017 Face of Weetwood Robyn Carter.
Toowoomba Turf Club Honorary Treasurer Bob Frappell, Clifford Park Trainer Ben Currie, and Toowoomba Turf Club Committee Man Allen Gee.
Banner image: 2016 Weetwood Winning Trainer Tony Sears, Toowoomba Turf Club Committee Man Robert Dare, Leigh Sears, MC and Sky Broadcaster Bernadette Cooper, Toowoomba Turf Club Ken Bullen