Wauchope Jockey Club, located on NSW’s mid-north coast near Port Macquarie, has come up with a novel way to promote their Cup meeting next Sunday.
WJC has been extremely active on their Facebook account seeking cameos from some high-profile racing participants.
The Club obtained short video clips from various trainers and jockeys spruiking next Sunday’s race meeting that was to be run at Port Macquarie but has since been transferred to Kempsey.
“We’ve been garnering support from a number of major racing participants and have already posted short phone clips from Clarry Conners, Mark Newnham, Tim Clark, Tommy Berry and Josh Parr,” explained Les Latimore, president of Wauchope Jockey Club.
“It’s been very well received and a great way to promote Cup day and obtain publicity for our club and NSW country racing in general.
“Our club has put a great deal of effort into Wauchope Cup Day and I’m sure we will attract a sizeable crowd to Kempsey Racecourse.”
Another trainer to send in his video is Tuncurry-based Terry Evans who has already entered five horses for the meeting: Anime, Eltizaam, Powering, Not Taking It and Hooyah.
The two main races on the day are the $32,000 Wauchope Cup (1450m) and the $22,000 Bago Bluff Wauchope Sprint (1000m).
Bago Bluff is a popular National Park just south west of Wauchope and offers brilliant views of the Hastings Valley from the top of the bluff.
Also next Sunday is the big Coonamble Cannonball meeting which doubles as a Racing NSW Country Showcase program that boasts nearly $250,000 in prizemoney.
The feature race is, of course, the 1100m Showcase Coonamble Cannonball offering $35,000 in prizemoney. Unfortunately, this meeting was abandoned last year due to rain.
Meanwhile, Coffs Harbour hosts a Country Showcase meeting on Friday with their Toormina Hotel Toormina Cup Day.
Special guest is ex-Wallaby David Campese who will be part of a Sportsman’s Lunch with tickets now on sale.
“The tickets are very reasonable at $100 and they include gate entry, a race guide, two-course lunch and a four-hour premium drinks package with beer, wine and soft drinks,” said Coffs Harbour Racing Club’s CEO, Tim Saladine.
“There will also be a silent auction and a lucky door prize on the day.”
Murwillumbah trainer Matthew Dunn is preparing a large team for Coffs Harbour. Already he has entered Bells Approaching, Coastal Prince, Our Echo and Whitsunday Star.
Likewise, Gold Coast trainer Michael Costa who has nominated Voodoo Crown, Defactor, Palaszczuk, Hudoo Vudoo and Hembrow.
UPCOMING NSW COUNTRY RACE MEETINGS
Today: Sapphire Coast, Gulgong (non-TAB)
Tuesday: Albury, Scone
Friday: Coffs Harbour
Saturday: Narrandera, Walgett (non-TAB), Mudgee picnics (non-TAB)
Sunday: Kempsey, Coonamble