The Toowoomba Turf Club officially launched the 2017 Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood on Thursday, 2 March.

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.

This free community event will enable guests to soak up all the trackside action, while watching the Weetwood stars complete their final track gallop and the opportunity to rub shoulders with the trainers and jockeys. The Browns Office Choice Weetwood School Colour Competition will also be judged across the 11 Darling Downs-based primary schools that have participated in the annual Weetwood in the community initiative.

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.

Guests will also have the chance to draw the winner of the 2017 Audi Centre Weetwood Handicap while enjoying a ‘long lunch’ with mates.

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.”

 

 

 

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

Share Button