Bumper nominations for Parkes Picnic Races

Parkes will host their picnic race meeting on Saturday.

The ‘Back to Parkes’ picnic race day on Saturday will have plenty of entertainment both off and on track, with 79 gallopers nominated for the six-race-program.

18 runners have been entered for the feature race on the program, the Parkes Services Club Coradgery Cup over 1400m, while 22 runners have been nominated for the 1200m Benchmark 50 Handicap.

The remaining four races have been well supported, and Parkes Jockey Club Secretary Gordon Pritchard said the strong nominations was a good outcome considering Dubbo race Friday and Gulgong on Sunday. 

“They are good, considering they are also racing at Dubbo on the Friday, which would normally hurt us,” Pritchard said. 

“We should get some good fields.”

Parkes Jockey Club is fresh off hosting their Parkes Cup meeting last month, and even though there is rain forecast for this week, Pritchard said the course proper was in good condition and would handle some rain.

“Everything is going along smoothly,” Pritchard said.

“We have a bit of rain forecast this week, but the track is a four or five and it should handle it.

“We did some good repair work as it cut up naturally after the cup, but it had good grass cover, and everything is going a long smoothy for this meeting.”

The Parkes Jockey Club will be working in with the Parkes Picnic Races committee, and Pritchard was expecting another big crowd.

“When there is a big crowd involved, there is always a lot of work,” Pritchard said. 

“Especially in the current climate, you need to be on the ball, so things run smoothy and so people know what they can and can’t do and we have managed to get everything sorted.”

In some good news for potential race goers, NSW residents can use their Dine and Discover NSW vouchers to get into the races on Saturday.

“We have got the systems through, so we can use the Service NSW vouchers on Saturday,” Pritchard said.

“The voucher gets them a free entry and race book, and seeing that ends this month, it’s a good time to use it.”

Parkes Picnic Races Secretary, Mark Olson, touched on what would be happening off track on the day 

“We will have fashions, the pubs each have their own tent sites, and they get their own people in to feed, and they look after them and it’s a great day,” Olson said.

“We have the usual stuff, there is bookmakers, there is catering by Que Club, there is coffee and all of that.” 

The picnic race day has long been considered a ‘Back to Parkes’ weekend, with many residents opening their homes to friends and relations who come to celebrate their connection with Parkes for the weekend. 

Tickets will be available on the day or can be ordered online by following the link below.