Oak Park will have to wait

No go for historic Oak Park carnival in 2019


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A congested racing program will prevent Oak Park Race Club from re-scheduling its historic carnival after its original program in early July was abandoned.

A congested racing program will prevent Oak Park Race Club from re-scheduling its historic carnival after its original program in early July was abandoned.

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THE 115th Oak Park Racing carnival near Hughenden will not proceed this year.

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THE 115th Oak Park Racing carnival near Hughenden will not proceed this year.

Racing Queensland and Oak Park officials have been unable to find a new date for the historic meetings, which were originally scheduled in early July.

The carnival was set to unfold with 10 races shared evenly across two days and interspersed with a string of social activities. Rain forced a postponent of the opening day on July 5 and the second day was also washed out with all 10 races switched to July 7.

But it, too, was ditched because auxiliary (emergency medical) services were unavailable.

RQ then asked Oak Park RC to "establish if there is the potential for the club to secure a replacement race date in the 2019/20 dates schedule".

Oak Park's honorary secretary Deb Woodhouse said rescheduling was impossible given the impact it might have on other events. But she said the setback would be overcome.

"After much consultation and discussion with Racing Queensland I am advising that there are no available dates between now and the end of the year to reschedule our 2019 race meeting without affecting other race meetings," she said.

"We will be back bigger and better in 2020 and look forward to seeing you all then."

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