The Gunnedah Jockey Club are busy preparing for their Christmas Hams Race Day on Saturday

PREPARATIONS for the Gunnedah Jockey Club’s Christmas hams race day are well under way.

More than 2500 race-goers are expected to enjoy a full day of racing and plenty of family activities off the track.

Gunnedah Jockey Club, secretary manager Mark Storey said the day was shaping up to be a “ripper.”

“We are expecting it to be a great day,” Mr Storey said.

“Not only will there be a full card of races but there will be plenty of fun for the whole family with the usual race day activities such as a jumping castle, snow cones and pony rides.”

Mr Storey said the club was expecting a highly competitive fashions in the field competition.

“We will be having three fashions in the field categories,” he said.

“There will be $1500 cash prizes to be handed out on the day,” he said.

“We will have impartial scrutineers who will have a big responsibility of awarding the three categories for women the classic category, the open category and a mens best dressed category.”

While there is still plenty of general admission tickets available Mr Storey said marquees for the day are “full up.”

“They have been really popular,” he said.

“People were getting in back in October to book their marquee and they have been really hot property.”

BIG DAY OUT: Kevin Edmonds and Mark Storey from the Gunnedah Jockey Club are excited for the club's Christmas hams race day. Photo: Billy Jupp

BIG DAY OUT: Kevin Edmonds and Mark Storey from the Gunnedah Jockey Club are excited for the club's Christmas hams race day. Photo: Billy Jupp

The club will also be running a membership drive on the day.

“As people enter the course and buy their ticket for an extra five dollars they can buy a 12 month membership,” he said.

“It will get them into every Gunnedah race meeting over the next 12 months for free, as well as resipricale entry to other race tracks such as Tamworth, Scone and Muswellbrook among others.

Mr Storey said courtesy buses would be in operation on the day.

“A free shuttle bus will be available for patrons to get to and from the course on race day,” he said.

“The bus will be collect people every half an hour from 10.20am until 12.20pm from bus stops at the golf club, Wolesley Oval and McDonalds bus stops.”