Yabbies set to race
A CRACK field of thoroughbred racing yabbies has been assembled for the second annual International Charity Yabby Race to be held on Easter Saturday at the Royal Shawsy Yabby Racing Club.
Royal Shawsy club chairman Brendan Byrne said this year's event would again aid Biala Special School, which benefited to the tune of more than $2000 at last year's inaugural event.
A thoroughbred yabby breeding expert said this year's field would include the yabby equivalent of equine superstar Black Caviar.
"They're a very nippy lot," was all he would say when asked how fast this year's crop of yabbies could go.
Mug punters who attend the race day at the Shaws Bay Hotel on Saturday, March 30, could see themselves elevated into the jet-setting world of thoroughbred racing yabby ownership.
Just like at the Easter thoroughbred horse racing sales, punters will be able to bid at auction for "ownership" of a racing yabby.
But rather than wait a couple of years until their equine purchase takes to the track, the yabby owners will be able to back their yabby into favouritism for the big races as soon as they've bought them.
Royal Shawsy Yabby Racing Club committeemen Bill McInerney and Lee Fitzgerald believe that thoroughbred racing yabbies have many advantages over thoroughbred horses - they eat a lot less, you don't need a trainer, you don't need a jockey, and they can handle a wet track.
The thoroughbred yabby Easter auction sales kick off at 2pm, and racing will continue until 4pm.
NOTE: The yabbies used for the races will be kept in aerated containers and will be returned to their home environment after the fundraiser.