Enjoy the action at Redcliffe Harness Racing Club

Published 2:00pm 7 May 2024

Enjoy the action at Redcliffe Harness Racing Club
Words by Kylie Knight

Redcliffe Harness Racing Club is the perfect place to experience the excitement of live racing every Wednesday night and Thursday afternoon, while enjoying a bite to eat and drinks.

The club, which has been part of the Peninsula community for more than 50 years, renovated its dining, bar and gaming facilities in 2020, just before COVID-19 hit.

President Bernie Ring says the club replaced the furniture, the carpet, handrails and airconditioning, redesigned the bar and installed a new fit-out, and moved the gaming machines and TAB facilities.

It also simplified the restaurant menu to cater to a broad range of tastes, with everything from duck spring rolls to roasts, seafood, steaks, pasta, Irish sausages and more.

Members receive $2 off main meals and children eat for free with the purchase of a main meal.

The restaurant serves meals from 5-8.30pm on Wednesday nights.

The canteen is also open on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and the bar is open on Thursdays.

“It’s sensational on a Wednesday night. There’s often between 40 and 50 people here in the restaurant,” Bernie says.

“It’s close to the action. I don’t think you can get any closer to a racetrack than you can here.”

Bernie says the venue is a perfect place to catch up with family and friends.

“You can catch up and watch the action, have a flutter and a quiet drink. The big nights are great,” he says.

The restaurant is open on special race nights with a couple coming up in June.

The club will kick-off the 2024 Queensland Constellations on June 21 with the Garrards 3YO Sales race and Chris Garrard’s Patron’s Purse. The action starts at 6.30pm. The mini trotters will also take to the recently resurfaced track, giving racegoers a glimpse of the sport’s future stars.

On June 29, the club will host the Elders Kilcoy Redcliffe Cup, the Garrards Redcliffe 2YO sale race, the Ladbrokes Oaks, the Ladbrokes Trotters Cup and the Northgate Comfort Inn and Suites Redcliffe Derby. The action starts at 5.30pm and entertainment is likely to be added to the program.

A special menu will be created for the feature nights ($45 per person). For details follow the club’s Facebook page or phone 3284 4550.

Bookings are essential. Phone on a Monday, when the office is open, or leave a message for the team.

The club has received $6 million in State Government funding to replace its ageing lighting system with LED directional lights. Installation is expected to be finished in October or November. Racing will continue, with existing lights operating until the new lights are up and running.

For more information about the club and the restaurant, visit redcliffehrc.com.au or follow the club’s Facebook page.

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