Brennan, who has family and friends around the Darling Downs region, pointed to the recent success of Gatton as a club as their number of TAB days have increased in recent years.
Forde Park has seen significant improvement in recent years through investment from the club itself and a grant from Racing Queensland.
The club have installed a new running rail, 24 day stalls, a fresh finishing post, a brand new judges stand as well as purchasing a new tractor, which has led to a softer training surface.
Brennan is semi-retired and has just the one galloper in work in early 2022 – last-start winner Kravitz – and is proud to see how much the club and its committee have reinvested in recent years.
“The running rail makes the track look very attractive,” Brennan said.
“The club has spent around $50,000-$60,000 every year for the last 15 or so on infrastructure.
“Over that period that equates to a lot of money being put into our track to get where we are today.
“We just kept doing a little bit whenever we could, to improve the infrastructure.”
The stalwart is just one a few stables based in Thangool, alongside Damien Rideout and Jason Devine, who both train a team of around 10 gallopers.
With TAB racing soon coming to Thangool, Mussig says the Rideout and Devine yards are growing stables.
The track itself is located on the western outskirts of Thangool and 12 kilometres south of Biloela.
President Mussig, who got his first taste of the industry as a barrier attendant almost 14 years ago, is also aiming to add new initiatives to the “race day experience” in the Capricornia region.
“This includes taking select people up to the racing tower so they can watch the caller call the race, the patrons sit up there and watch it from the top as the caller would,” Mussig said.
“We also taking a few people over to the barriers to allow them watch the start of the race – safely of course – near the barriers.
“They watch the horses get loaded and jump out and from my experience, most of the people are just blown away by seeing it up close.”
The club last year also ran their first Ladies Day – which will be held again in April 2022 – with an eye towards introducing new patrons to the racing industry.
The annual Thangool Cup, set to be held in September of this year, regularly attracts around 3,000 punters on-course.
Before their first TAB day later this year, Thangool races a non-TAB race day this Saturday with seven events on the program.
Following the cancellation of the final six races on the Emerald Jockey Club non-TAB race meeting on Friday, December 31, two additional races were added to the race meeting at Thangool.
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