Oak Park is about to be off and running

Historic racing carnival features big money over two days of action

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Racing action from the Oak Park carnival in 2018.

Racing action from the Oak Park carnival in 2018.

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Ten races will provide the perfect foil to a swag of social events helping celebrate the 115th Oak Park racing carnival.

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TEN races will provide the perfect foil to a swag of social events helping celebrate the 115th Oak Park racing carnival.

Spread across two days (July 5 and 6) and held at Oak Park station, about 80km south of Lynd Junction on the road towards Hughenden, the race action will be interwoven with a monster auction, fancy dress and Fashions on the field parades, a formal ball, pig racing and a Mad Hatter's Party.

There will be $79,500 in prizemoney and bonuses to be won on the opening day.

Townville-trained Written Image is expected to perform well in the Sweeter Soils/Mackey Wales/Harbourside Coldstores/Camilleri Earthmoving Maiden (1000m).

Bonnie Thomson has the ride for trainer Carol Hurle, who has kept Written Image on ice since a last start Bowen third in late March.

In Two Minds, trained in Julia Creek by Tanya Parry, carries superb form into the NCC/Ollsons/Zoetis/GF Rural Plate (1000m), courtesy of consecutive wins and a second placing from its past three outings.

Officials at Racing Queensland have declared a full field for the Murphy Memorial (1200m), including the Janel Ryan-trained Yalangi.

Atheton-based Ryan will add to Yalangi's travel card after the gelding notched successive NSW appearances at Wyong in January and Orange in February before crossing the border for runs in Cairns on June 10 and Laura on June 22.

Wanderson D'Avila will be aboard Yalangi.

Topweight Concluder must shoulder 64kgs, a rise of five kilograms on the impost he had when fifth of 12 at Townsville on June 19, if he is to strike win number 13 at his 37th start.

The Roy Chillemi stable is yet to name a rider for Concluder.

The Black River-based The Girls On Fire is likely to hold a prominent spot in early betting markets on the Collins Family/Undara/TopX Longreach Handicap (1400m).

To be ridden by Bonnie Thomson, The Girls On Fire is developing a travel bug after racing in Mt garnet, Mackay, Bowen, Richmond and Laura since May 3.

Oak Park officials have advised tickets can be pre-purchased or at the gate on arrival. Pensioner discounts are available. Visit oakparkraces.com.au

The story Oak Park is about to be off and running first appeared on North Queensland Register.

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