Next NSW Race

Latest News

Coonamble's Coming Alive For Country Championships Qualifier

By Mark Brassel

The NSW central western town of Coonamble is ramping up for next Sunday’s huge $150,000 Newhaven Park Western Region Country Championships Qualifier (1400m).

“The town is totally pumped for this race meeting,” declared Ken Waterford, Coonamble Jockey Club’s President.

“Now that race meetings are getting back to some normality, the town is buzzing and we’re expecting one of our biggest crowds ever.

Sneak Preview (Mathew Cahill) holds off Fast Talking (Greg Ryan) in last year's WRA Country Championships Qualifier at Coonamble. Image by Janian McMillan (Racing Photography)

“We had a new irrigation system installed last year and the track and the surroundings have never looked better.

“In fact, Dave Hodgson [Racing NSW’s Racecourse Maintenance Manager] told us it’s now one of the best grass tracks in the State.

“There’ll be free champagne at the gates for all ladies and the oyster and cocktail bar will be very popular. We’re also hiring buses from Dubbo.”

Ana Robson, Coonamble Jockey Club’s Secretary, said: “Country Championships Day is our Showcase meeting with 46 local business houses sponsoring the day which is amazing support from our small town.

“Our major sponsor is Landmark Coonamble and there’s $30,000 minimum prizemoney per race. We’ll also be staging a Fashions on the Field.”

One of the more fancied runners for the Championships Qualifier will be the Narromine-trained Wild Rocket prepared by Kylie Kennedy.

The mare has won four of her past five starts including a last-start victory at Dubbo over 1300m, coming from a long way back to overhaul Patrick May in the shadows of the post.

The topweight when weights are released on Wednesday is likely to be Cardiff who won at Canterbury Park two starts back.

Cardiff is among around five horses likely to gain a berth in the Qualifier for Dubbo trainer Kody Nestor.

Nestor will have a strong hand with other in-form contenders Jailbreak, One Pound, Eva’s Deel and Activation.

Jailbreak scored at Canterbury Park last start in his first appearance for four months while Eva’s Deel won at Rosehill Gardens before a let-up, then finished an encouraging fourth at Mudgee last Sunday.

Nestor had four runners in last year’s WRA Qualifier and landed the quinella with Sneak Preview and Mathew Cahill edging out Fast Talking with Greg Ryan aboard.

The pair then finished 10th and 4th respectively behind Gracie Belle in the $500K Newhaven Park Country Championships Final at Royal Randwick.

Fellow trainers Clint Lundholm and Brett Robb will also have multiple runners with King’s Champ and Gisela’s Crown stabled with Lundholm, and Great Buy and Skullharderson representing the Nyngan stable of Robb.

Upcoming NSW country race meetings
Monday: Coffs Harbour
Tuesday: Wagga
Thursday: Goulburn, Moree
Friday: Taree
Saturday: Ballina, Gunnedah, Berrigan (non-TAB), Broken Hill (non-TAB)
Sunday: Coonamble (WRA Country Championships), Grafton

The Latest Racing News

Colette's Chance To Prove She's A Dry Track Queen

By Ray Hickson Her race record says there are two distinctly different Colettes. There’s the wet track version that has ...
Read More

Newcastle Winners - Tips For Thursday 15th April

By Ray Hickson Tips and race by race preview by Ray Hickson for Thursday’s Newcastle meeting. Selections based on a ...
Read More

Thornton Confident Sydney Cup's Within Mare's Realm

By Ray Hickson Jockey Damien Thornton doesn’t like to get too bullish leading into to Group 1 races but he ...
Read More

Randwick Trials (Friday 14th May) - Now Thursday 13th May

Please note the Randwick barrier trials scheduled for Friday, 14th May 2021 will now be conducted on Thursday, 13th May ...
Read More

Widdup's Fortunes Should Turn For The Better At Newcastle

By Gary Harley Hawkesbury trainer Brad Widdup heads to Thursday’s Newcastle race meeting with three winning prospects and the popular ...
Read More
Racing NSW Apps
Mobile Version
Industry Links