It might only be November, but the Cowra Jockey Club will kick off the Christmas season on Saturday with their annual festive meeting.
The non-TAB race day, which will allow a crowd of up to 500 people to attend, is a good opportunity for race goers who are keen to kick off the shackles and enjoy a day of grass roots country racing.
Club president Peter Ford said there were businesses already supporting the meeting, and he hoped to see more race goers on course after what has been a difficult period following Covid-19.
“Covid restrictions are still in place, but there is plenty of space, the bar is open, and bookies will be on course, so we are ready for a crowd,” Ford said.
“I would be happy to get 500 at our cup meeting, let alone this meeting, but we have had a lot of interest already.
“We have got two local businesses having their Christmas party, and they did the same thing last year and it is a good chance for anyone to catch up with their mates for Christmas.”
Trainers and owners still have their chance to race at Cowra, with nominations for the meeting extended with Racing NSW until 11am Tuesday morning.
There is sure to be some good racing on the day with an 1100m Benchmark 50, 1700m Benchmark 50, 950m Class One and 1375m Maiden Handicap.
The Cowra Jockey Club have been working hard to offer a good surface too, and after the recent rain, Ford is expecting an even playing field on the day.
“The track is in very good condition, we have spent a lot of time on the track and there has been no shortage of rain,” Ford laughed.
“Barry Wall, our track manager, is very particular and spends a lot of time on the track and it is a credit to him and his work.”
The club hopes the meeting is a success, before Ford explained it was a big period for Cowra racing in general, who will host their Cup meeting early next year on Sunday, January 17.
“We hold this meeting every year and after that we get ready for our Cup meeting,” Ford said.
“Our cup meeting is always a good day, we have a Hawaiian themed fashions on the field and good racing, and we had Jimmy Cassidy there last year; he was fantastic and walked amongst the punters and he loved it.”
For trainers, owners or race goers interested in attending this weekend’s meeting or registering their interest for next year’s cup meeting, they are encouraged to contact the club as soon as possible.