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Just two weeks until Louth Races


Long term Louth Races organisers Jim Strachan and Garry Mooring with the late Don Le Lievre who is being honoured this year for his contributuion to western racing. Photo TWH

It seems nothing will stop the Louth Races going ahead this year, with no hint of pandemics or flooding rains to spoil the party.

It has been four years since the Louth Races were last held, and Louth Turf Club President Jim Strachan said the community was rallying together to make sure this event was a huge success - making up for lost time.

“The whole community is looking forward to the event. Hopefully, the weather is kind on race day and during the week leading up to Saturday 12th, as the village and surrounding riverbanks swell with the expected huge crowd,” Jim said.

“The Committee have been working diligently to get our racecourse facilities in order, and the track is looking good. Chief steward Jack Pryor inspected it last Thursday and was happy with our plans moving forward.”

It’s not just what happens on the track that draws crowds to the Louth races, with many visitors arriving up to a week earlier for the various lead-up events and to enjoy the outback ambience of a camp spot by the river, big campfires and reeling in a fish or two. Shindy’s Inn, the hub of the community, will be hosting live music from Thursday through until Sunday afternoon.

Activities in the village kick off at 10am on Wednesday 9th with the Gundabooka vs Louth Golf Challenge, a 9-hole ambrose event with a one club rule. Entry includes a mulligan stew lunch, and afterward there will be an auction in aid of the RFDS. […]

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