TIP-TOP TURF: Track workers Ryan Steels and Keith Chandler are just some of the hardworking volunteers who have prepared the Injune Race Track for the weekend.
TIP-TOP TURF: Track workers Ryan Steels and Keith Chandler are just some of the hardworking volunteers who have prepared the Injune Race Track for the weekend. Blake Antrobus

Are you ready for the Injune Races?

BEHIND the thundering hooves and gorgeous fascinators at the races is an incredible amount of effort that goes into getting the racetrack into peak condition in the first place.

Ahead of the Santos GLNG Injune Cup this Saturday, Keith Chandler has taken additional steps to ensure the track is ready, harrowing it in advance.

Work on the track is a regular occurrence for the racing club, which ensures the track is suitable for both horses and patrons every race meet.

Mr Chandler said the railing for the racetrack was a directive from Queensland Racing about three years ago.

"It was a requirement from the group to keep the public and horses separated," he said.

"That directive certainly lifted the standards of the grounds to one of the better racing facilities outside of Roma."

There is considerable history behind the town's race, with horses originally running on the creek flat below town and families camping on the lagoon to watch during the 1920s.

Injune Race Club patron Tom Warrian specifically remembers when racing was moved to the present grounds to the west of town in the 1930s, and when the present track was configured during the 1940s.

"In the late '40s the present racetrack configuration was established, with the current grandstand built by Gordon Mackenzie and Claude Drabs in the early 1950s," he said.

"In 1995 Possum Park, an entertainment area in a large shelter with concrete floors and bar areas, was built by the community under the guidance of the current race club's vice-president and carpenter Rod Cloherty."

Mr Warrian said this year's racing was sure to be fabulous, with the track in great condition thanks to both the efforts of Mr Chandler and the timely recent rainfall.

"It is a great day out for the family, especially with the Injune Race Track facilities being in great condition after the recent good rains," he said.

Racing will begin at 1pm, with the track open for betting at 11.30am.


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