By Mark Brassel
Mudgee – three and a half hours from Sydney – will present a smorgasbord of sport next weekend with Mudgee Race Club’s Gooree Cup meeting kicking off proceedings on Saturday.
Rugby League followers can then get their fix the following day with an NRL match between St George Dragons and Newcastle Knights at Glen Willow Oval.
“Everyone should be coming to the races on Saturday as we have an offer for all NRL ticket holders to gain complimentary reserved veranda seating on Gooree Cup Day,” said MRC’s secretary/manager, Colleen Walker.
“Gooree has been sponsoring this great day for over 20 years and it keeps going from strength-to-strength.
“The Club has extended the area for all VIP Gooree attendees with entertainment by the popular Black Rose.
“And for something different on the day, there will two exhibition polo games in the main field which will be projected onto our big screen.
“And our Fashions on the Field will be highly-contested with very special prizes on the day.
“Book early as Mudgee will be on the radar for many with the Gooree Cup on Saturday and the NRL match on Sunday.”
Also next Saturday, Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club will stage its popular Ladies Day race meeting which always attracts a sizeable crowd.
"One race will be called ‘The Glitz & Glamour’ and here’s how it works,” explained Garry McQuillan, TFJC’s president.
“Racegoers buy a $5 ticket, and men can buy a ticket, but it must be in a lady’s name. Then prior to the race, a horse will be drawn out as well as a lady from another barrel.
“Whichever lady’s horse wins the race, that lady will receive a $500 voucher to Occasions Jewellers.
“The ladies that run second, third and fourth receive a bottle of champagne.”
The first 100 ladies on course receive a goodies bag and a free glass of champagne, and there’s also a Fashions on the Field and a chance to win a trip to Mudgee.
“We have free buses running with gates opening at midday and plenty of cool refreshments, food and a jumping castle for the kids.”
Things were looking grim for Young Turf Club’s Cup meeting on Saturday but as if preordained, over 80mls of rain fell in the Young district in March to save the day.
“Thank goodness for the rain as our club conducts one community race meeting each year at the panoramic Toompang Racecourse which is about 10 kilometres from the Young town centre,” said the Club’s Keith Carmody.
“It’s all now going full bore and we will have our usual bar, BBQ, bookmaker and TAB facilities available for the benefit of patrons.
“This year we will be holding a raffle with first prize a large framed photograph containing action shots of Winx donated by the Young Hotel.
“The meeting is well-supported by local business houses, particularly the Young Hotel and South West Slopes Credit Union, which are the major sponsors for the day.
“And Bowness Stud is donating a service to its popular stallions Bon Hoffa and Walking and Dancing. Our Club is selling 100 tickets at $50 a ticket.”