Don’t miss your chance to hear two of Australia’s great sportsman share their tales. Two-time Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Jim “Pumper” Cassidy and Queensland State Of Origin cult hero Billy Moore will feature as guest speakers. Pumper is the winner of 104 Group 1 races, including two Melbourne Cups (Kiwi 1983, Might & Power 1997) and Billy stirred everyone’s Maroon senses up with his iconic “Queenslander!” cry during game one of the 1995 Origin series.
You’ll also have the chance to draw a horse or take home the winner of the 2018 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 – even form a syndicate – and enjoy a great day out on the eve of Toowoomba’s biggest race day.
DATE: Friday April 6, 2018
LOCATION: Clive Berghofer Grande Atrium, Clifford Park
For bookings, please contact Sheree Gillies on 07 4634 6066 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!