As Middlemount works on building their jockey representation come race day, the club is propped up by three visiting stables every year.
Those in Middlemount note that a permanent trainer has not been based in the town for the best part of 15 to 20 years, when the club raced as much as six times a year.
So, with no one training on the track itself, three of the stalwarts of bush racing in the Sunshine State stack the fields with their gallopers.
“The likes of John Manzelmann, Bevan Johnson and Glenda Bell, they all give us great support for our meetings as we do not have any local trainers,” Gray said.
“In our entire area, including Clermont and Moranbah, if it was not for those three trainers, a lot of these clubs would struggle to fill up their fields to race at.”
Outside of those big three stables, Middlemount attracts runners from all over Central Queensland, being located 90 minutes from Emerald, Moranbah, Clermont and being a couple of hours from provincial clubs Mackay and Rockhampton.
The club has tipped in an extra $12,000 in prize money across the five non-TAB races this Saturday, aiming to attract the best fields possible.
Middlemount is one of the newest racing clubs across Queensland, only forming in the 1980s.
Being a mining town, which provides the race club in 2021 with several different sponsorship opportunities, the club was built as the town progressed around 33 years ago.
Gray, who has been with the club for the last 15 years and has been around racing his entire life, with much of his family involved, detailed how the club formed.
“The original president was the late Graeme Acton – who is the brother of Alan Acton – who races Outback Barbie in Brisbane and still live around this area,” Gray said.
“Graeme was the President on our first race day all those years ago.
“So, the story goes from all the years ago, we could have had a new hospital or a racetrack and because there was a hospital around 70kms away at Dysart, the town decided to go with a racetrack.
“They thought they did not need two hospitals close by so they got a racetrack.”
To honour Graeme Acton’s influence on the club, a race has been named after him on this Saturday’s program, a Ratings Band 0 -55 Handicap over 1475 metres.
Also on Saturday, the Middlemount Race Club aim to provide a family friendly environment and will also run rides for kids throughout the day, with the area not having a local agricultural show annually, so the race club aims to fill the void.
A dirt track, Middlemount has a 1700m racecourse.
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