Chris McArdle with his horse Don't Tell a Lie.
Chris McArdle with his horse Don't Tell a Lie. Tom Huntley

Owners, trainers and jockeys get behind Magic Millions meet

Future race dates for 2013

Q&A with trainer Chris McArdle

Q&A with trainer Jim O'Shea

Q&A with jockey Desiree Gill

MAGIC Millions Ladies Day at Ferguson Park on Saturday, January 12 will be a hot one no doubt.

The premier event will be the running of the $2 Million Magic Millions 2YO classic at the Gold Coast.

While Gladstone has not offered anywhere near this amount of prize money, owners and trainers from Gladstone, Rockhampton, Bundaberg and Monto regions have once again supported the club with good fields on the day at Ferguson Park.

The first race is at 1.30pm with gates opening at 11am and entry $15.

Bookies, TAB, bar and canteen will all be operating.

Every woman who enters will receive a free glass of champagne on arrival and there will be plenty of undercover seating available, including on the deck.

Carlton provided market umbrellas for extra shade in this area and it will be cool option away from the hustle and bustle of the bar and bookies.

The Fashions on the Field won't be held today as planned, but the prizes up for offer in February will make up for it.

The next race meeting is February 16, which is the Valentine's Race Day.

Fashions on the Field prizes for best dressed will win romantic getaways as well as vouchers from some of the wonderful local businesses which support our fashions regularly.

Bookings

  • Table and marquee bookings are available online at gladstoneturfclub. com.au
  • Bookings are limited, so get in early.
  • If you would like to save yourself the line-up, you can pre purchase gate entry online as well.

Future race dates for 2013:

  • February 16 - Valentines Race Day
  • March 9
  • March 30 - Easter Saturday Carnival
  • June 29

Enquires: turfglad@bigpond.com.

Q&A with trainer Chris McArdle

Name: Chris McArdle

Do you have any horses racing this weekend? Don't tell a lie.

How long in the industry? Since I was 18. My first win was in 1976.

Why did you become a horse trainer? It's in the family.

What is your most significant win? Winning in Townsville in 1986 was one of the best.

What's involved with training a horse? Long hours, early days.

Is training horses a hobby or a career? It's a hobby at the moment; hopefully, it will be a career one day.

Q&A with trainer Jim O'Shea

Name: Jim O'Shea

Do you have any horses racing this weekend? Fouaree and Split The Sheets.

How long in the industry? All my life.

Why did you become a trainer? I have just always liked horses.

What is your most significant win? Rocky Cup prelude, 2005.

What's involved in training a horse? You need a big heart. There's a lot of disappointment and a few really good times.

Is training horses a hobby or a career? More a hobby than a career.

Q&A with jockey Desiree Gill

Name: Desiree Gill

Do you have any rides this weekend? Three for Darryl Gardiner and one for Lindsay Challacombe.

How long in the industry? I've been riding since I was 15.

Why did you become a jockey? My sister was a jockey and I followed in her footsteps.

What is your racing highlight? Gympie Cup last year.

Is riding horses a hobby or a career? It's a career.

NAB PLATE: Desiree Gill leads the pack on Mister Chipper in the NAB Plate over 1090m at Thabeban Park on Ulton Cup Race Day, September 15, 2012. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
NAB PLATE: Desiree Gill leads the pack on Mister Chipper in the NAB Plate over 1090m at Thabeban Park on Ulton Cup Race Day, September 15, 2012. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet