“It is a beautiful track, one of the best tracks in country Queensland,” Lenihan said.
“It is a mile track; from the 1400 metres you go along and then it is a two furlong straight.
“Everything gets a chance here; it is big and wide.
“It looks as good as Flemington, a bloke once told me they could play billiards on it that it’s so good.”
Jandowae trainer Geoffrey Schrader trained a winner at Kumbia in 2020 and agrees with Lenihan, declaring it a great track to visit with his stable.
Schrader is hopeful of bringing four from his barn to Kumbia in early November.
Lenihan says the club couldn’t run their annual race day without their 94 volunteers, who he personally contacts in the lead-in, that all chip in to ensure the day’s success.
Trainer Tom Moloney is on the committee at Kumbia and lives near-by, being the closest trainer to the club itself, preparing his gallopers at Wondai and Kumbia.
Moloney qualified Diggity for the Country Stampede Final last year in Brisbane, which Voller said created a great buzz in the area.
Kumbia will debut a new set of starting barriers this year, with the barriers making their way east from Chinchilla Race Club.
The race track is based on the town’s local golf club, which benefits the race club and their volunteer committee as the golf club’s team tend to all the track and facilities and keep it a high standard.
With five non-TAB races set down for decision – including the Cup to be run over 1400 metres as an Open Handicap – the purses’ across the race day are as attractive as they have ever been at the track.
“This is the most prize money for a race day we have ever had, $52,000 all up,” Voller said.
“We have kind of bumped it up a bit, the Cup was going to be $11,000 but we got it up to $12,500, which is great and noteworthy for our club.”
The club receives an abundance of repeat patrons, people from all over the state coming back year on year for the annual Kumbia races.
“It is well supported and just a bloody fun day for everyone,” the club’s vice-president said.
“People want to go to somewhere on the big race day, so they are all poking their way down to Kumbia.”
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