THIS year's Torbanlea Picnic Races are set to have keen punters on the edge of their seats, as Thoroughbreds and purebred Arabian horses go nose-to-nose on the track.

Organiser John Charlton said horses from all over Australia were being brought to the Fraser Coast for the six-race program on Saturday.

"This year we've got Australian, purebred Arabians from Central Queensland, Banana, Emerald, Nanango, Toowoomba- quite a distance for a lot of them," Mr Charlton said.

"Arnie Neal, he's a local with horses, he goes pretty well each year and probably will again this year."

When asked who the favourite to win was, Mr Charlton said there were a few trainers who usually did well, and were to look out for again this year.

"Steve McCann, comes from Banana, usually has good horses and should race well, but Arnold Neal should keep them all honest," he said.

"Julie Cole, president of the Arabian Horse Association Queensland, won last year and she'll be very strong again this year with her horses."

The first race of the day will begin shortly after the gates open at 9am, with events running until 5pm that afternoon.

More than $12,500 will be up for grabs throughout the day, with extra events being held off the track including fashions on the field and the tug-o-war.

General entry tickets will cost $10 at the gate, and bus passes will cost $25 which includes entry and pick up from both Hervey Bay and Maryborough RSL.



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