TRAINING TO WIN: Gladstone trainer Dennis Schultz is a long serving local trainer
TRAINING TO WIN: Gladstone trainer Dennis Schultz is a long serving local trainer NICK KOSSATCH

Five-race card will draw big crowd in Gladstone

Racing returns to Gladstone's Ferguson Park racecourse Saturday afternoon where a well balanced five race card will be decided.

Racing commences at 1.15pm with the running of the Vale Dan Saville Class B (1194m) in which Bundaberg trainer Ton Hess' Metallic Point is selected to win.

The race is named after the very popular and former colourful Gladstone Turf Club official race caller in Dan Saville.

Dan was much loved by all in the Gladstone and Callide Valley racing districts where he called the local race meetings for many, many years.

An individualist caller who loved to colour his broadcasts with sayings such as a horse was pulling "like a Collins Street dentist", he retired some years back.

While renowned for his descriptive and accurate race calls, Dan Saville was regarded as an excellent judge of a racehorse's chances in a race.

He delighted in tipping winners to his on-course audience which he did on a regular basis.

Dan Saville passed away recently but his memory will long live every time a race is run at his beloved Ferguson Park racecourse.

Talking of Ferguson Park, the track's longest serving trainer Denis Schultz has multiple winning chances at today's meeting.

He saddles That Pretty Girl in the second race while 90 minutes later stablemate Worth The Time contests the fourth event.

Former premiership Gladstone jockey Barnham teams-up with Rockhampton trainer Clinton Garland through Dothraki Warrior in the third race.

Titled the Dalton Racing BM 60 Hcp (1000m), Dothraki Warrior which loves getting his feet a fleet on the Ferguson Park sand track, is suitably placed to win.

A strong contingent of bookmakers is expected this afternoon to accommodate punters on the classy metropolitan meetings.