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21 December, 2023

Race into Boxing Day fun

DESCRIBED as one of the biggest and best race days in the Far North, Mareeba Turf Club is excited to one again host the popular Boxing Day races.


Fashions on the Field judge Dannielle Atkinson with maiden racehorse Ready to Reason, getting ready for the 2023 Mareeba Turf Club Boxing Day Races.
Fashions on the Field judge Dannielle Atkinson with maiden racehorse Ready to Reason, getting ready for the 2023 Mareeba Turf Club Boxing Day Races.

Held every year on 26 December, the meet will welcome the region's top jockeys, trainers, horses and fashionista.

Mareeba Turf Club president Allan Holmes said he was keen to see everyone come along for a day of fun and excitement. 

“It is a very important event for the region, and we usually get really good nominations and good racing,” he said. 

“The weather is looking to be magnificent, so don’t worry about the rain. The track will be in beautiful shape, and I am sure we will have a great race meet.”

This year, Mr Holmes is keen to see maiden racehorse Ready to Reason, trained by local Matey Taylor and owned by Norm Tuxworth, make his debut on the Mareeba Turf Club track. 

“He (Ready to Reason) is really just a baby and will be having his big debut,” Mr Holmes said. 

“Norm is an icon of the racing industry up here and has been a very long-time supporter of country racing … and we wish him well.

“Ready to Reason has been behaving himself and working hard on the track, so we have high hopes for his performance on Boxing Day.”

Gates open at 11am with racing on track from 1pm. 

There will be live music with Careless, a kids club with lots of fun activities and a calcutta. Those wanting to enter the Fashions on the Field can do so online at www.trybooking.com/CNIAR or at the event. The theme for fashions this year is “playful summer”.

Tickets are available online at tickets at www.trybooking.com/cmpfa or at the gate on the day.            

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