15 May, 2024

Honouring club’s life members

The five current life members of the Esk Jockey Club (EJC) and the eight past life members will be honoured at the Esk race meet on Saturday (May 18).

The Esk Jockey Club will stage its second race meet of the year on Saturday.
The Esk Jockey Club will stage its second race meet of the year on Saturday.

Life members who will work on the day are Tony Fitzgerald (patron and betting steward), Tom Ulyatt (barriers) and Vince Roberton (stewards’ driver).

Lyn Moore will entertain her guests in the Life Members’ marquee.

The remaining life member, Terry Cowley, is unable to attend.

Families and friends of all 13 life members will enjoy the day by catching up and recalling past racing at Esk.

Four years ago, the club had saddlecloths made with the names of the life members on them, and these have always generated some interest.

For the first time, a second set of saddlecloths will be used at this meeting.

This comes after committee member and groundsperson Graeme Lynch recently won Racing Queensland’s inaugural ‘Cheer A Volunteer’ award, while the EJC received a new set of saddlecloths which will be used for the first time on Saturday.

This meeting is an extra one for the EJC.

With big fields and big nominations for all races in this area in recent weeks, the committee is expecting good racing.

EJC secretary Sharon Cowley said Saturday would be “a perfect build-up to the July 13th meeting which is always the biggest meeting of the year”.

“The Esk track is in great condition and patrons can expect an entertaining day,” she said. With a TAB and bookies in action, food vans and BBQ ready and a well-stocked bar, there will be something for everyone.

The race schedule will be on the Racing Queensland website.


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