Time to race into the Boxing Day spirit at the races

HORSE RACING: Calliope Jockey Club publicity officer Judy Hughes said today's running of the 106th Gold Cup Meeting at the Calliope track promises to deliver for all.

The day starts from noon and includes a five-race card.

Hughes said there would be action on and off the track.

"It's an iconic day and we usually get up to 40-42 horses and they come from everywhere but we have record nominations this time with 63 horses," she said.

Hughes said the event could not happen without the help of volunteers and the day had generated a lot of interest.

"We seem to have a lot of interest in the day, lots of people saying they are coming and looking forward to it," she said.

"We have a great group of volunteers with a great depth of experience where Jim and Chris Neill-Ballantine have been the absolute backbone of the club for decades and their sons and daughter, Margaret, are competent horsemen and have all helped run the club from a young age."

The work that Bobby Lisle has not gone unnoticed where he has put his heart and soul into the club.

"He has a lifetime history of racing as a jockey, trainer, starter and course ranger and has done an excellent job for 50-plus years in Gladstone and Calliope," Hughes said.

"Graham Hughes has also been on the barriers, starter, clerk of the course and trainer for 50-plus years."

Hughes said there would be action off the track as well.

"We have Fashions on the Field, which is sort of incidental because it's all about the racing," she said.

"It's a family day and we have jumping castles for the kids and it's like a picnic area so everyone can bring the family and have a good day."

A top of 31 degrees is forecast.