By Tony Megahey
Award winning Narromine Turf Club has attracted booming acceptances from far and wide and is confident of good conditions for Sunday’s extended nine-race $180,000 Country TAB meeting.
“Nine races are easily the strongest noms in my time,” enthused Narromine Secretary-Manager Libby Dennis. “They’ve had to increase from a seven event program to accommodate so many trainers wanting a run which is super.
It’s indicative of a really healthy industry up here and elsewhere in the country. They’ve come from all over, including Highway trainers and our Digger’s Cup is really strong.”
Wagga’s Chris Heywood provides the likely Cup favourite in Not Too Sure, ahead of Tamworth’s Our Masquerade and Maybegrey.
“It’s the strongest Cup I can remember with a capacity field and three emergencies,” Dennis said.
“The Highway series has been just wonderful for country racing and it’s evident with our club and the new people getting involved.
“Our Western Country Championships final that James Hatch won up here at Dubbo is a brilliant example of a battler living a dream-wonderful racing story.
James actually bought the winner Stoneyrise at Dubbo from a dear old racing friend of my dad and I think they caught up again before the final. So we’ll all be cheering for James at Randwick.”
Libby’s father Michael Williams was a long time leading Western region trainer and Libby, involved in local syndicates, has an interest in Worthy Rival who contests a class 3, 1100m Vietnam Veteran’s Handicap for local trainer Wayne Collison.
“He won his maiden at Narromine,” she said. “He’s lovely big type-resuming and expected to go well for Wayne. But for me his race is just part of the excitement on a fantastic family and friend’s day on the lawns.
“Later season we have Narromine Gold Cup and the Dandy Cup which are both super days. We’re really proud to win last season’s club award.
“You can be up close to the action here and there’s plenty of entertainment for the kids.”
The thriving Narromine United Service’s Memorial Club is the major sponsor for the town’s Western Racing Association’s 2016 Club of the Year.
“Sunday, we’ll likely have a track upgrade, we’ve had had some showers but they’ve been followed by plenty of glorious sunshine.”
After numerous washouts state wide, leading stables who have missed vital racing and preps, have converged on Narromine grateful finally for a run and on firm going and at an award winning club.