By Mark Brassel
Nowra’s race club has put winter’s notorious wet and windy conditions behind them following Racing NSW’s decision to move their showcase event, the Nowra Cup, to the summer.
Previously held during May, the upcoming Nowra Cup will be staged on Sunday, 6th December 2020.
The decision follows this year’s Nowra Cup Day in May being transferred to Goulburn due to the course receiving a bucket load of rain leading up to raceday.
“Our club is over the moon with the news the Nowra Cup race meeting has been relocated and will now be run in December,” said Shoalhaven City Turf Club’s CEO, Paul Weekes.
“We’re thrilled with the new date which will provide us with a totally new branding opportunity for the Cup.
“The weather in December is far more conducive to attracting a decent crowd, despite the challenges that we are currently experiencing.
“We’re confident the new December slot will be much more appealing to both racing participants and patrons alike.”
The last Nowra Cup run on Nowra’s Archer Racecourse was back in 2019 won by the Clare Cunningham-trained Savvy Ken.
Next weekend will be huge in Moree with the Westpac Rescue Chopper Charity Dinner on Saturday and Pacific National Moree Cup Day the following afternoon.
TV personality and journalist Jo McKinnon is the special guest at the charity dinner on Moree Racecourse that will be raising funds for the Westpac Rescue Chopper Service – Moree Support Group.
“We will have some fantastic auction items at Saturday night’s charity dinner with some superb food provided by our friends at Relish Catering,” said Michelle Gobbert, Moree Race Club’s secretary.
“Then next Sunday is our big raceday with the running of the [$40K] Pacific National Moree Cup and the [$30K] Orica Town Plate. We also have the family-friendly Chopper Club Marquee.”
Meanwhile, the top four horses on the points score ladder for the 2020 NSW Picnic Champion Series all stepped out last weekend, three at the Cobar Miner's picnic meeting and another at Gilgandra.
The quartet will be chasing the big dollars in the $50,000 Series Final (1400m) run during Dubbo's Gold Cup Day on Sunday 13th September.
Leading the points table is Military Bay on 34 points, five points clear of Another Plan with Drummed Out (25pts) and Zoutenant (24) rounding out the leading four horses.
Military Bay finished third to I Am Dynamic and Another Plan in last Saturday's Westrac Cobar Sprint Trophy (1200m), with Drummed Out finishing fifth in the same event.
On the other hand, Zoutenant took on a much tougher assignment when finishing ninth to La La Loopsy in the Collie Cup at Gilgandra - a TAB meeting.
Upcoming NSW country TAB race meetings:
Monday: Grafton, Tamworth
Thursday: Muswellbrook, Albury
Saturday: Grafton, Coonabarabran (non-TAB)
Sunday: Moree, Gundagai