Family fun on offer at Gundagai Cup meeting

Gundagai Adelong Racing Club will host it’s Gundagai Cup and Family Fun Day on Sunday, April 7.

Gundagai Adelong Racing Club has taken a new approach to its upcoming Gundagai Cup program, which will be run and won on Sunday, April 7.

Formerly Gundagai’s Lady’s Day, the club wants more children on course for its new-look Family Fun Day. 

President Michael Crowe said it made sense to host a meeting that would benefit everyone in the Gundagai and surrounding communities. 

“We were due for a change, and with a lot more younger committee members with families, they were all of the opinion it was the way we should go,” Crowe told NSW Country and Picnic Racing. 

“Mum and Dad can enjoy the races, while kids get free rides all day and can run amok in the wide-open spaces.

“Plus, it’s affordable – $10 a ticket is nothing in this day and age – and there are not many places where the kids can ride free for the whole day.”

It’s always a terrific program, with the $36,000 Gundagai Cup the feature on the eight-race card. 

In terms of local horses contesting the 1800m Gundagai Cup, Michelle Teale will likely have Taliano entered, and David Blundell could start Zabellsareringing.

The Boorowa-based, Andrew Bourke-trained Champions League could be one heading that way, along with the Michael Travers-trained Jenni Esprit, the Dan McCarthy-trained Abeilser, and Donna Scott-trained Snap Book, which could be just some of the visiting chances heading towards the Autumn feature. 

With a dedicated three-year-old maiden, two $30,000 Country Boosted races, and the 1180m Benchmark 66 sprint, among the other events, there will be something for most horses. 

“It will be as good a racing you will get at that time of year, with the Gundagai Cup a lead-up to the Wagga Gold Cup,” Crowe said. 

“The Gundagai Cup will be strong, with the winner gaining entry into the Wagga Gold Cup, and we find trainers always target the meeting.”

As always, there will be dine-in lunch options, a canteen, bar, bookmakers, and the TAB, and Crowe is excited to get started ahead of a busy season of racing. 

“We’ll look to turn it on for the families, with a great day at the track, and it may pique some interest in what is a wonderful industry with many opportunities,” Crowe said. 

Next month’s meeting leads into a busy period, with Gundagai racing again on June 29 before meetings in August and September ahead of the annual Snake Gully Cup carnival on November 15-16. 

Camping is available, and for more on the club’s up-and-coming meetings, readers can click here.