Gregory Saddles and Paddles Races

Community Event

1 May 2021 Annual Event

Who would name their race meeting the ‘The Saddles and Paddles?

One certainly would not expect to combine the two in the outback of Queensland. However, if you have seen the beautiful pristine Gregory River behind Gregory Downs’ township, north of Mount Isa, one might begin to understand.

The Gregory Downs Jockey Club and the North West Canoe Club combine for a great weekend of sport over the May Day long weekend. The Gregory Downs Jockey Club has been racing for over 100 years. The NW Canoe Club has been conducting their canoe marathon of 43 kilometres since 1976.

This year the “Saddles and Paddles Race Meeting” will be conducted on the first of May, 2021 offering a six-race program of AUD66,000 (including QTIS). The race meeting includes a luncheon, bookies, music and the Gregory Gift Footrace.

Many members of the GDJC ‘saddle up’ on Sunday and compete in the canoe race. Maybe you would like to join them out on the river.

Free and entry and camping is available at the racecourse.


Free Entry

Event Dates

Annual Event

1 May 2021

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