All roads lead to Dubbo for bumper Easter Sunday program

Dubbo Turf Club will host a big meeting on Easter Sunday. Photo: Racing Photography.

Easter Sunday will see Dubbo Turf Club (DTC) host an action-packed nine-race-program that has attracted some 141 acceptors.

In a big day for the club, Dubbo will play host to the McDonalds Dubbo and Wellington and Ronald McDonald House Charity Easter Sunday Family Race Day. 

The club will be donating a percentage of proceeds from the day to the Ronald McDonald House Charity in Orange, while patrons will be able to donate to this worthwhile cause and participate in a huge raffle, with all money raised being donated to the Charity.

Some of the 16 raffle prizes include a family pass to the NRL game between the Rabbitohs and Raiders on May 22, DTC merchandise packs, memberships and bar vouchers, Triple M merchandise packs and much more.

There will also be lots of giveaways, McDonalds vouchers and easter eggs. 

DTC Operations Manager Sam Fitzgerald was thrilled to see his club hosting the Ronald McDonald House Charity (RMHC).

“We are very proud to partner with McDonalds Dubbo and Wellington to support Ronald McDonald House Charity in Orange,” Fitzgerald said.

“RMHC in Orange plays a very important part in keeping families together when young people are undergoing treatment in hospital and many of those families are from Dubbo and the surrounded towns.”

Fitzgerald expected Sunday’s meeting be as busy as ever, and he hoped to see families out and about, both supporting and enjoying the family-orientated race day.

“Lots of people come back to Dubbo for Easter and our local economy gets a healthy boost from the thousands of visitors the town gets at this time of the year,” Fitzgerald said.

“Our meeting on Sunday serves as the perfect event for locals and visitors to enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the races and we have plenty of green space for the kids to run off their easter eggs.”

With the wet weather impacting meetings across the state in recent weeks and months, and with Dubbo receiving a lot of rain last week, Fitzgerald was still confident his club and the track would easily handle the packed nine-race-program.

“The course proper is in exemplary condition following 100mm of rain last week,” Fitzgerald said.

“The club undertook sand grooving about a month ago, which rejuvenates the split drainage system that was installed in 2016/2017.

“This installation of this drainage system has resulted in Dubbo becoming one of the best draining surfaces in regional NSW.”

It is an interesting meeting for the club, and jockey turned trainer turned jockey again Kody Nestor officially returns to the riding ranks when taking three rides on the program.

Trainers both local and from afar will take on the program too, putting the exclamation mark on a very big Sunday of racing in country NSW.

As always, Easter is a busy period for country NSW, and it is no different in 2022 with Lightning Ridge, Moruya, Port Macquarie and Tocumwal racing on Saturday, while on Sunday, Dubbo, Nowra and Bourke race.

For full Dubbo fields, readers can click here and for tips, see below.

Dubbo tips – 17/4/2022

Race 1 – Best bet 2, Best value 1

Race 2 – Best bet 6, Best value 3

Race 3 – Best bet 6, Best value 7

Race 4 – Best bet 6, Best value 2

Race 5 – Best bet 5, Best value 1

Race 6 – Best bet 6, Best value 3

Race 7 – Best bet 2, Best value 1

Race 8 – Best bet 8, Best value 12

Race 9 – Best bet 4, Best value 15