Burrandowan itself is not a town, but a local station and property, which is surrounded by cattle stations.
“It is literally just a racetrack,” Christie said.
Like many of the once a year clubs in Queensland, Burrandowan went without racing in 2020, and the Club itself and the local community cannot wait to get back this week.
According to Redman, Burrandowan has raced every year since World War 2, before they were forced to put the brakes on last year’s race day.
They are also nearing a special milestone.
This Saturday’s races will be the 99th edition of the races, as they celebrate 100 years in 2022.
Christie says life members, former residents from around the area who have moved away, among others, have already flagged their intent to be on course come 2022 to celebrate the historic milestone.
“It is a social event that a lot of people in the immediate area and the surrounding areas look forward too,” Christie said of the annual races.
“We also have a lot of caravaners and campers as well, so a lot of people missed out last year.
“There has been a bit of a younger following now, which is great to see for regional racing, as our club has usually been a mixed crowd of older people and families - it is great to see a few young people coming through.”
The committee have been busy over the last month to get the track up to scratch for racing on the dirt, with Redman explaining water was tough to come by in the area and that they battle for quality grass covering, at times.
One of the quirks of the annual races at Burrandowan is that there is no mobile phone reception at the track.
Tom Moloney, who also doubles as the vice-president for the Club, is one of the only licensed trainers in the area around Burrandowan, usually having a horse or two in work.
Come race day this Saturday, stables from Dalby, Chinchilla, Miles, Gympie, among other areas, are expected to descend for the five non-TAB races.
The Club has received sizeable nominations for Saturday, with 66 in total across the five races.
Included in the five races is a qualifier for the 2021 TAB Battle of the Bush Series and a race apart of the Coast to Country series.
Everyone involved is excited to host a BOTB qualifying heat this week, with the series culminating in the $200,000 Final on Tattersall’s Tiara Raceday at Eagle Farm on Saturday, June 26.
Kicking off at Quilpie last weekend, the Battle of the Bush again features 16 qualifiers (two per country region) across the state.
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