By Mark Brassel
With the TAB Everest Day looming large on the horizon, Royal Randwick is not the only place to be in NSW with six country race meetings celebrating next Saturday.
Wagga, Bombala, Narromine, Deniliquin, Inverell and Wauchope will all be staging racedays to complement The Everest.
Murrumbidgee Turf Club at Wagga will stage its ‘Battle of the Bands Day’ to complement what is one of the ultimate punting days on the Australian racing calendar.
MTC’s CEO, Steven Keene, said: “Patrons are looking for more with their day out, so adding entertainment to an amazing day’s racing will make for a great afternoon.
“Battle of the Bands will be an annual event and we intend to continually grow the concept in the future.”
Bombala & District Jockey Club holds its Dongwha Australia Bombala Cup Day with gates opening at 11am.
“There are six races with horses from local trainers as well as trainers from down the coast, Canberra and further away,” said BDJC’s Chlo Wilson.
“The committee has taken the decision this year to raise prizemoney in all races with the minimum being $10,000 a race.
“This would not be possible without the support of the many businesses in Bombala who continue to offer sponsorship.
“The marquee this year will have standing room, giving it a cocktail party feel.
“It will have catering supplied by local business Kitchen EightyAte whereby sponsors and guests will enjoy a selection of cheeses, fruits and sandwiches.
“All the old favourites are still around like Fashions of the Field, the big screen, a TAB and local bookies, a jumping castle, the barrel ticket draw and a bar.”
Narromine Turf Club has its largest social event of the year, Dandy Cup Day, next Saturday.
“This year we will offer a fantastic array of great food, good music, family fun and the crowd will be pumped for the huge TAB Everest at Randwick,” declared Nic Craft, NTC’s secretary.
“And The Everest will be shown on several big screens around the track.
“We will have a full bar, great food vendors, good coffee, with clowns, a jumping castle and face painting all free for the children.
“Fashions on the Field contenders come from far and wide to compete for over $3000 worth of prizes, with Best Dressed Overall winning a weekend away, flights/accommodation included.
“There’ll be live music all day until 9pm and courtesy buses running all evening.”
Deniliquin Racing Club has a big day planned with great food and refreshments available, live music and free children’s entertainment and a Fashions on the Field.
“There is also a free town bus, picking up and dropping off from various clubs, pubs and motels,” said DRC’s Joan Douglas.
“We’ll also have on-course local and metro bookies with a TAB and bar facilities.”
Inverell Jockey Club continues its long association with the local Holy Trinity School in holding it’s TAB Everest raceday.
“Admission to the races is by way of a ticket in the school’s annual art union with which is drawn after the last local race,” explained IJC’s Mike Witherdin.
“The racecourse becomes a children’s playground for the day with pony rides, rock climbing walls, merry-go-rounds and all sorts of amusements to provide a family day at the races which also features fashions for all ages.
“Ironically, the corresponding meeting two years ago was washed out by what was the last substantial rain in the area, but Inverell has the advantage of still being able to irrigate despite the long drought and the course retains a full grass cover.”