From the Callers Box July

Will the ‘fans’ get trackside for the 2023 Constellations?

A direct question but one that needs to be asked.

All the focus now switches to Albion Park following the Redcliffe Harness Racing Club hosting their pair of major meetings, the Patrons Purse and the Gold Cup race night.

And the metropolitan club needs to be better.

Don’t think for a second I’m pouring cold water on Redcliffe, but we’ve got to be open and honest – the crowds simply didn’t turn up to support!

Both nights fell well below expectations.


The Patrons Purse race night featured the best horse in the country in Leap To Fame and his winning effort is still being talked about while the Gold Cup race night is the biggest meet of the year for the bayside club.

The co-features (Oaks & Derby) carried increased prizemoney and naturally, both fields were loaded with huge depth, so much so, consolations were required for both events.

Last year, Gold Cup race night landed on the same weekend as the annual Redcliffe Show, less than a kilometre away, which was far from ideal, yet the crowd last year was better than this year.

And now Albion Park will face their moment of truth throughout July.

Will the fans/punters return to the famed Breakfast Creek oval and take in this brilliant action with some of the best stars, equine and human, we have to offer?

Times are tough and society is different from years gone by coupled with the huge competition from rival sporting codes and other entertainment options, so the onus is on the host club to provide a great night of entertainment.

People want to feel welcomed and safe but most of all, they want bang for their buck.

Will they get it?

Again, the stars will be on track throughout July so patrons will witness the best of the best chasing the rich prizemoney on offer, but will that be enough?

Is more feedback required? So many questions require answers.

Let’s hope the patrons and fans alike take in the power and grace of Leap To Fame among others.


Time will tell.