By Mark Brassel
Wagga will be rocking this Australia Day with a fantastic race meeting planned and a DJ playing throughout the afternoon.
Left: There'll be plenty of racing action and entertainment at Wagga this Thursday. Image by Steve White
Murrumbidgee Turf Club race in tandem with the big Royal Randwick Australia Day meeting and it’s also ‘Ladies Day Out’ with free entry for women plus a complimentary beverage on arrival. Racegoers also receive the chance to win $200 cash in a racebook competition.
“It will be a busy day as we’re also announcing the ‘Faces of the Carnival’ in front of the grandstand,” said MTC’s CEO, Scott Sanbrook. “The male and female winners become the ‘faces’ of the Wagga Gold Cup Carnival, appearing on all our Cup Carnival promotional material and they will also assist with presentations on the big racedays in May.”
Thursday’s feature race is the $20,000 Miltons Gear Australia Day Cup (1800m) which carries double the points in Wagga’s popular Stayers Series.
Meanwhile, a large crowd is assured at today’s Sapphire Coast race meeting – Bega Valley Shire’s biggest family raceday. It’s Tathra Beach Bowling Club Tathra Cup Day and the program leads into the Bega Cup Carnival on February 4 and 5.
“Being holiday time on the South Coast, the Club has an Hawaii theme with the over 18s wearing an Hawaiian top offered a free Corona, or a free soft drink for the kids,” said Sapphire Coast Turf’s Club’s CEO, Rob Tweedie.
“The Lions Club will have a food stall and there’s a Fashions on the Field contest with free buses running to and from the track. Just visit our website sapphirecoastturfclub.com.au for times.”
There are two race meetings on Tuesday, both offering free entry. Armidale Jockey Club won’t be charging at the entrance to celebrate the final week of the school holidays.
“We should get plenty of families attending with catering facilities and a full bar available, as well as a TAB and plenty of bookies,” said AJC’s secretary manager, Jim Dedes. “It should be a great meeting and the course has never looked better.”
Illawarra Turf Club also has free entry to Kembla Grange on Tuesday. Racegoers will also get free racebooks, with the Members Bar open to the public.
“We have a Facebook promotion that includes free entry, two free drinks and a free steak sandwich,” said ITC’s secretary manager, Michael Craig. “Racegoers just need to visit the Kembla Grange Racecourse Facebook page to obtain the voucher.”
Bathurst Thoroughbred Racing is gearing up for a mammoth day’s racing on Friday with its Showcase Legends meeting featuring the Bathurst Cup and $275,000 in prizemoney.
Jimmy ‘The Pumper’ Cassidy is the Club’s ambassador for the day and BTR’s General Manager, Michelle Tarpenning, said: “This represents the biggest prizemoney ever on offer at Tyers Park Racetrack.
“We are also delighted to welcome two new sponsors and again express our appreciation for the ongoing support of the other sponsors that have helped build the success of this important event.”