Don’t miss your chance to hear the amazing story of one of Australian racing’s most respected former race callers, John Tapp OAM at this year’s much-loved event. Tappy called over 50,000 races and worked as a racing broadcaster for during his illustrious career. This is his first-ever trip to Toowoomba and he’s excited to witness Clifford Park’s biggest race day of the year.
Also on the bill is NRL premiership player Brent Tate. Tate is one of the toughest men to play rugby league, playing 229 first-grade games for the Broncos, Warriors and the Cowboys. Then there’s the 23 State of Origin games during the era of Queensland dominance. What would have been career ending injuries for most blokes, Tate endured and kept coming back!
You’ll also have the chance to draw a horse or take home the winner of the 2019 Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood Handicap. This event will be held in the Clive Berghofer Grande Atrium, with lunch served and a cash bar open for refreshments. Get your mates together for a fantastic afternoon. Try forming a syndicate and make it a potential group win! Enjoy a great day out on the eve of Toowoomba’s biggest race day.
DATE: Friday April 5, 2019
LOCATION: Clive Berghofer Grande Atrium, Clifford Park
What is a Calcutta?
Calcutta: Sweepstakes conducted prior to a big event with each horse being raffled and then auctioned to the highest bidder.
A Calcutta auction (also known simply as a “Calcutta”) is an open auction held prior to a major horse race.
Originally in Calcutta, India, from where this technique was first recorded by the Colonial British, to bid among themselves to “buy” each of the contestants, with each contestant being assigned to the highest bidder. The contestant will then pay out to the owner a predetermined proportion of the pool depending on how it performs in the tournament.
Also called Calcutta pool: A form of betting pool in which people bid for participating contestants in an auction, the proceeds from which are put into a pool for distribution, according to a prearranged scale of percentages, to those who selected winners.
Come along and experience the fun!