The Narrandera Race Club put the exclamation mark on one of their best ever years on Saturday when hosting their community non-TAB race day.
1000 patrons walked through the gates to watch the six-race-program, while fashions on the field and plenty of off-track entertainment had everyone enjoying themselves.
“It was a really great day,” said Narrandera Race Club president, Graeme Mathieson.
“It was estimated that we had about 1000 or so people there, and it was definitely bigger than our cup day meeting, and that is what we wanted and we couldn’t be happier with the crowd.
“The bar did well, catering did well, and the gate went to (Narrandera) Hospital Auxiliary but we were absolutely run off our feet and we didn’t stop all day.”
The success of the meeting, both on and off the track, will hopefully lead to Racing NSW giving Narrandera a permanent summer race date.
“It’s the ideal time to have it, if anything I wish it was a TAB meeting,” Mathieson said.
“I absolutely believe we need to keep a summer race date and hopefully this proves that it is worthwhile to Racing NSW.”
Five local bookies and a metropolitan bookmaker were well-supported, and a big crowd meant that Mathieson spent most of his time in and around the bar.
“I was just keeping the fridges stacked and looked after the marquees, and worked a bit behind the bar,” Mathieson said.
“With entertainment, we didn’t shut until 9pm, and everyone was really buzzing, and the committee was excited but also a bit relieved when it was all over as we were all there from go to whoa.
“Our secretary (Lee Sweeney) and her helpers did a fantastic job.”
Many visiting fashionistas took on the rich fashions on the field, and Mathieson said it was other raging success.
“The little bit I did see of it was impressive, and I didn’t know any of them, so obviously we attracted a lot of visitors,” Mathieson said.
“It was very well-supported, and they had a good major prize, which was valued at $4,500.”
Narrandera have now raced eight times this year, which is five more than they were originally scheduled, and Mathieson was pleased to see his club utilised during what has been a difficult and rain-affected season.
“It’s been an amazing year for the club,” Mathieson said.
“That was our eighth meeting this year, which is a big effort when you consider we normally only have three, and then with the recent announcement that we will host a Big Dance qualifier, it’s just been a terrific year for everyone involved.”