By Mark Brassel
TAMWORTH is renowned as the country music capital of Australia and the place will be rocking this month, no more so than during a fantastic raceday planned for Friday.
Tamworth Jockey Club's Country Music Cup day is highlighted by performances from a long list of artists including Hurricane Fall, Amber Lawrence, Shelley Minson, Two Gals, Kyle Cartner, Aleyce Simmonds and Tamworth's own Brett Clarke.
The day is also a Racing NSW Showcase meeting with all races carrying a minimum $30,000 in prizemoney.
"We're encouraging everyone to come along and say hello to their favourite stars and watch them sash the winning horses on the day," said TJC's events and sponsorship co-ordinator Kay Jeffrey. Gates will open at noon with admission $10 for adults.
TAREE-Wingham Race Club will host its Wingham Beef Exports Cup day on Tuesday and, as the name suggests, the company is a big exporter of beef from its abattoir in the nearby town of Wingham.
"They are one of the biggest employers in the Manning Valley," said TWRC CEO Brian Leggett.
"The raceday is being sponsored for the third year running by Wingham Beef Exports and their supporting suppliers, and the race club looks forward to hosting 40 people from the sponsors for a lunch during the races." Taree's next meeting is on Tuesday, January 31, before the club has a four-week break leading up to the Mid North Coast Racing Association's Country Championships Qualifier day on February 26.
Also on Tuesday, Murrumbidgee Turf Club will run its Wagga Scamper over 1000m, which has attracted a classy field of sprinters including smart city winner Bitburg who resumes for Canberra trainer Matt Dale.
AFTER a successful Gosford Gold Cup meeting on Friday, Gosford Race Club will stage the final raceday of its summer series on Thursday with a twilight meeting that includes a champagne afternoon tea in its Panorama Lounge.