In what is great news for the Coonabarabran Jockey Club, they will host their deferred Coonabarabran Cup meeting on December 23.
Originally meant to be hosted on October 23, wet weather got in the way of the club putting on their popular race day, but many racegoers still ventured to town and enjoyed a good social event.
“The Yabbie races still went ahead this year, and people still came back to Coonabarabran for the Coona Cup that wasn’t held, but it just wasn’t the same without the racing,” said Coonabarabran Jockey Club publicity officer, Sarah Baglee.
“Still, we were really lucky, as it was a good chance for everyone to catch up and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter (Service) made somewhere around $8500 with the Yabbie races, and it was lovely that we had people come back and offering us so much support.”
The $75,000 Coonabarabran Cup and Big Dance qualifier will headline Friday’s meeting, and while some of the club’s usual social activities won’t go ahead, Baglee is predicting a bumper program.
“Because it is a Friday meeting, there will be no Calcutta or Yabbie races, but we will still have fashions on the field, and hopefully everyone around town is finished by 12pm and comes down to the races for a big day,” Baglee said.
“We have had beautiful weather, the track looks good, and we are excited to be getting the chance to host out Coona Cup meeting, which means we can showcase our great club.”
Fashions and racing will make the action just as hot off the track as it will be on the track, and Baglee said the town of Coonabarabran was getting right behind the club’s ‘take-two’ at hosting their feature race day.
“It’s all about the community coming together, and we have so many community organisations on board helping with our races,” Baglee said.
“The shops all get behind it, and it is really quite lovely and a really good injection for the town.”
The 1600m Coonabarabran Cup is expected to attract a good class of horse, with the race headlining a an eight-race Showcase Program, while the winner and runner-up will be eligible to enter the $2 million Big Dance and $500,000 Little Dance.
There is also the $35,000, 1100m Cup Day Sprint, and the $50,000, 1200m Country Magic Class Two Handicap.
Off course, there will be fashions on the field, music, and full TAB, bar, and kiosk facilities.