Excitement builds ahead of picnic racing return at Bedgerabong

Bedgerabong Picnic Race Club kicks off the 2022 picnic racing season on Saturday. Photo: Racing Photography.

Nominations have come thick and fast for Bedgerabong’s meeting on Saturday – the first picnic meeting in NSW since the running of the Picnic Champion Series final in in October of last year. 

65 nominations were received across the six-race program, with 14 gallopers entered in the $10,000 Bedgerabong Cup.  

Race caller and Bedgerabong Picnic Racing Club life member, Col Hodges, was pleased to see a return to normality, with his club ready and raring to kick-off the NSW Picnic Champion Series. 

“I’m really excited to see picnic racing return, especially at Bedgerabong; a club in which I have a close involvement with,” Hodges said. 

“It will be good to get back and good to see picnic racing; a lot of horses haven’t been able to get starts and they will get a chance at Bedgerabong.”

Hodges believes grass roots picnic racing plays an integral role within the industry, giving slower horses a chance to race on when they aren’t necessarily up to non-TAB and TAB class.

“You get a certain category of hoses suited to the picnics,” Hodges said. 

“Trainers sometimes find it hard to rehome horses, but with picnic racing, those horses can still get a bit of racing and it is a chance to earn some prizemoney.

“All these horses are either out on agistment or struggling for runs, but they are better off racing, so it’s been really important to get back to picnic racing.”

A big crowd is expected at Bedgerabong, with tickets snapped up quickly, and Hodges said it was always a popular event for a reason. 

“It is going to be tremendous,” Hodges said. 

“You get a different atmosphere at the picnics, and especially at Bedgerabong. They will get a dozen bookmakers and a big crowd and have all the fashions and events.

“Plus, it’s beautiful at Bedgerabong. It is fully irrigated and presented like a bowling green.

“They put a huge amount of effort into it. They probably get 20 people for working bees from November through to February and it’s all voluntary too.”

It shapes as a massive day for Bedgerabong, with racing, fashions and a generally awesome day set to keep racing fans and locals well entertained. Readers can find out more about the Bedgerabong meeting by clicking here, and to check out nominations, readers can click here.