The Warren and District Jockey Club Golden Fleece race day set down for Saturday looks to be building into a big day both on and off the track.
The six-race Sky 2 meeting has attracted 111 nominations after it was upgraded to TAB 2 status, and there are a myriad of Western Racing Association trainers and jockeys set to be in action.
Off track, the club is celebrating ladies’ day, while after the races the Baker Boys Band is playing, and President Matt Colwell explained there was a long luncheon for those wanting to enjoy a good day at the races.
“We have got a ladies tent that we are having on Saturday to entice the girls to come a long for the day,” Colwell said.
“It’s pretty reasonably priced at $65 for the day, and it starts at 12.30pm and it runs for four hours, with free drinks and a sit-down long lunch.
“Plus, we do have a band that will be on for a couple of hours directly after the last race and it should be a really good race day.”
The Golden Fleece race day celebrates the Merino breeding history in Warren and surrounds, and Colwell was pleased to be able to keep the tradition going at the races.
“We are pretty well known for our Merino breeders around the area,” Colwell said.
“The area is known for growing such good wool and at one stage, we had 10 breeders around the area.
“We have actually got one of our race sponsors, which is Henry and Gordon Welsh, who are a young racing family, and they are sheep people, and it’s good to see there is a bit of life in it and that they are getting behind the club.”
Colwell hopes with the meeting being held on a Saturday; a good crowd gets back out to the races.
“We are hoping for good weather, and good entertainment,” Colwell said.
“With Covid starting to pitter off, people are getting encouraged to head back out and I can’t find a reason not to go to the races on Saturday.
“We are trying to get it back to what it was two or three years before Covid.
“It’s the most beautiful racecourse and grounds, and there is a good family atmosphere and it’s just a good day out.”
Known fondly as the Randwick of the West because of its pristine racing surface and grounds, Warren and District Jockey Club will host a good meeting, which will be followed by the Western Racing Association awards for the past two seasons.
The club is shouting trainers, owners and jockeys a couple of beers after what has been a tough little period for the industry and there will be presentations and participants are encouraged to take advantage of the evening at Warren Jockey Club.