Cowra Cup transferred to Orange

The James Ponsonby will contest Friday’s Orange Gold Cup. photo: Racing Photography.

The annual Cowra Cup meeting will now be held at Orange on Sunday, January 15, with Racing NSW forced to transfer the meeting. 

“Following recent flood events in the Cowra region the track is still recovering from the damage and has been deemed unsuitable to conduct a race meeting,” a Racing NSW statement read. 
With Orange stepping up to race in place of Cowra, it makes it a busy time for the club, which raced on December 30, while they are scheduled to race again on Friday, January 6 ahead of the Cowra Cup meeting, which is only nine days later on January 15. 

Racing Orange general manager Bree McMinn said her club was ready to take on the challenge. 

“Absolutely, we had no hesitation in taking on the Cowra Cup,” McMinn said.

“We have been working on getting the track repaired and patched as quickly as we possibly can and getting the water back onto it to help it recover.

“To be honest, it is in really good order after the last meeting, and we are looking forward to it and keen to go.”

Orange endured bad luck of their own in 2022, losing multiple meetings, while they were also impacted by the NSW flood crisis, and McMinn is hoping a good local crowd gets out to support the club on January 6 and January 15. 

“It’s another great opportunity to get some people track side and the weather is pretty ideal in Orange at this time of year, so it should make it a really pleasant day,” McMinn said.

As a result of the transferred meeting on January 15, the following race distance amendments apply. 

Cowra Cup (1700m) – is now 1600m
Cowra Japan Cup (1200m) – now 1280m
Benchmark 58 Hcp (950m) – now 1000m
Country Boosted BM 58 Hcp (1200m) – now 1280m
Class 3 Hcp (1375m) – now 1400m
Maiden Plate (950m) – now 1000m
Country Boosted Maiden Plate (1200m) – now 1280m
Maiden Plate (1375m) – now 1400m