Clifford Park will play host to the annual Queensland Truck Centre Pat O’Shea Plate on Saturday evening, September 24th.

The race, formerly known as the Hopeful Plate, was renamed in honour of Clifford Park’s late resident race caller, Pat O’Shea, last year.

O’Shea passed away just days before the running of the Plate, the first two-year-old race for the Australasian racing season. TTC Committee thought it only appropriate that the race, one of O’Shea’s favourites to call, be named in his honour.

A special feature of this year’s race will be the gathering of some of Queensland’s top race callers to “share the load” of calling the evening’s seven-race card – including the Queensland Truck Centre Pat O’Shea Plate.

TTC Chief Executive Officer Blair Odgers said the club was thrilled to honour O’Shea’s memory in a couple of ways.

“The O’Shea family, comprising son and daughters James, Karen and Kate, and wife Cecile, are holding a sold-out function – A Pint & A Plate For Pat – in the Wippells Autos Grande Marquee, raising money for St Andrew’s Hospital. Plus we have on hand, some of Queensland’s current finest race callers to call the action to Sky Racing and local viewers.

“Pat was a Clifford Park institution, so it’s only fitting that this race be held in high esteem,” Mr Odgers said.

Race callers for the special Clifford Park evening include:

  • Josh Fleming (Queensland’s number one race caller)
  • Anthony Collins (Clifford Park’s resident race caller)
  • Paul Dolan
  • Brett Moody
  • Ben Hall

Families are invited to attend the annual race evening, with the first-ever “My Pizza Rulz” competition – families can build their own pizza, have it cooked in on-site wood-fired pizza ovens. The pizza judged the “best” will win a weekend getaway at the Landmark Resort on the Sunshine Coast.

Released: September 9, 2016