Binnaway an ‘absolute picture’ heading into cup day

Binnaway Jockey Club will race on April 30. Photo: Racing Photography.

The Binnaway Cup autumn meeting is less than a month away, with Binnaway Jockey Club preparing for a big day of racing on April 30. 

In fact, the club is gearing up for a big weekend, with the Binnaway Cup calcutta hosted at the Exchange Hotel on the Friday night prior, while a big day at the races will be followed by entertainment that evening, again at the Exchange Hotel and Binnaway Bowling Club. 

“It’s going to be big,” Binnaway Jockey Club President Tim Kemp said. 

“We have a calcutta at the Exchange Hotel on the Friday night for the cup and owners can come buy their horse or buy a horse and there will be a big gathering and party no doubt.

“Then we have the race day as usual, with good racing and we have fashions on the field and all the different age groups for the ladies, men and children.

“There is lunch and bar facilities, betting facilities and everything you need for a great day out at the races, and for those wanting to make a big night of it too, there is dinner back at the Exchange and the Bowling Club.”

Following two tough years, Binnaway expect a big crowd, with locals galore making their way back for the races.

“It’s the biggest event that brings the most people back to town,” Kemp said.

“We get around 500-600 people there, but we could get more this year. 

“We get a fair few visitors and quite a few crews that come back from Sydney, Wollongong and those places and it should be a really good day.”

The Binnaway course proper is in fantastic condition according to Kemp.

“The track looks an absolute picture,” Kemp said. 

“It’s really good and is well grassed and looks like the best watered lawn in the area.”

Gulgong jockey Jake Pracey-Holmes dominated the 2021 Binnaway Cup meeting, riding a treble and winning the Binnaway Cup on the Mick Mulholland-trained Red Zephyr.

While the popular country hoop said Binnaway was a smaller country track, he said every horse had their chance on the six-race-program.

“It’s a tight little track but it does race well,” Pracey-Holes said. 

“They only race there once a year, and I live at Gulgong, and it’s very similar in that sense. 

“Still, up the straight, it doesn’t matter if you are up front or back, you have a chance as long as you are good enough.”

The 1300m Binnaway Cup headlines the card, which also includes the 1100m Benchmark 45 Handicap, 1700m Benchmark 45 Handicap, 1200m Class Two Handicap, 1000m Maiden Plate and 1300m Maiden Handicap. 

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