Spectators of all ages are set to race to McLachlan Park on Sunday, February 10 for the 53rd Lock Cup.
The annual race day, appropriately named 'The Oakbank of the West Coast,' is a must-see event for the local racing club and its supporters, offering an experience like no other on the Eyre Peninsula.
The relaxed picnic atmosphere on the track-side lawns has been known to attract around 400 people in previous years, according to the club’s secretary Corina Reynolds, but numbers vary depending on the weather.
“Excellent weather, fantastic horse racing and very enthusiastic crowds, all make for a wonderful family day out at the races,” she said.
The Lock Racing Club is well equipped either way, with shady trees, lawned areas, an undercover patrons area and an assortment of marquee shelters providing cover from rain or the summer heat.
Gates open from 11.30am with the first of six races usually kicking off at around 12.45pm.
Last year’s winner Rooboy will not be racing this year due to injury, meaning the $15,000 prize pool is up for grabs with a strong field set to compete for the major prize of $10,000.
Once again Fashions on the Field will play a large part in the day, with some great prizes awarded for the best-dressed ladies and gentlemen, best race day hat/millinery and the new best ladies footwear category.
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This year, the female winner of Fashions on the Field will receive $500 cash and a $200 The Daily Edited voucher, while the male winner will receive a $100 Shoe Shed voucher and a pair of ROSSI boots, a $100 ORTC prize pack and a $100 Rustik Cove-Port Lincoln voucher.
The winner of the new Fashions of the Field category, best ladies footwear, will also receive a $100 Shoe Shed voucher.
“The boost with prize money this year should see more people involved,” Ms Reynolds said.
The popular TAB van will be back on course plus there will be two bookmakers.
Frosting & Sprinkles will be catering the canteen and the LADS (Lock and District Services) group will be once again be offering fish and chips, plus there will be a jumping castle and face painting to help keep the kids entertained.
So bring your family along and join in on the fun. Please note there are no ATM facilities available and no eskies allowed.
Entry is $15 for adults (including a free racebook) and children aged under 16 are free.
Special entry discount for bus groups may apply, call 0428 891 255 for more information.
A wonderful family day out at the races.CORINA REYNOLDS