Boxing Day ‘ritual’ to attract big country crowds

Big crowds are expected to make their way to eight different NSW country tracks on Boxing Day.

It’s no doubt one of the biggest days on the NSW racing calendar, with race meetings galore in country NSW on Boxing Day. 

Country racing takes punters and racegoers from one end, to the other end of the state on Sunday, with eight country meetings set to be held. 

Country racing is showcased on TAB’s Sky 2 Racing in the Northern Riverina at Ballina, with a six-race-program attracting 72 acceptors.

In the Mid-North Coast, Wauchope hosts a five-race non-TAB program, which is headlined by the annual Woop Woop Cup. 

North West Racing comes alive with Inverell hosting their Goodwood Cup meeting and Quirindi set to run their Murrurundi Cup over the 2000m.

Queanbeyan is the toast of the South East when hosting their Iron Belle meeting, while a little further down south, both Tumut and Albury host bumper Boxing Day programs in the Southern Districts.

Out in the Central West, racing moves to Wellington, with the club attracting 63 acceptors for their five-race-program. 

Racing NSW Country Chairman, Bob Pavitt, believed that Boxing Day meetings across the state would attract a lot of locals and visiting racegoers, with many families finally reuniting over the Holiday break, after what has been a difficult 19-month period.

“Look, in all areas of country NSW, it’s a welcome back home type day,” Pavitt said. 

“People are coming back home and visiting family and a lot of them spend a day at the races as part of that ritual.”

In fact, Pavitt believed the Holiday period was a great time for country clubs in general.

“It’s all those meetings over the Holiday period really,” Pavitt said. 

“Even around New Year’s Day; everyone is coming back home and it’s great for family and friends to catch up and congregate for what might be there only chance to meet up for 12 months.”

In what should be a terrific day of racing for country participants and racegoers across the entire state, the staff at NSW Country and Picnic Racing implore readers to get out and support their clubs and have a great day at the races and a safe and wonderful Holiday break.