Forbes happy to help the picnics

Forbes Jockey Club vice president Tom Molloy, secretary Harvey Elliott and president John Renwick. Photo: Forbes Jockey Club Facebook page.

Forbes Jockey Club has put their hand up to help picnic trainers, jockeys and owners that will be severely impacted by the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 
After it was announced that Ardlethan Picnic RacesTullibigeal Picnic Race Club IncCootamundra Picnic RacesBack O Bourke Picnic Race ClubGrenfell Picnic Races and Boorowa Picnic Race Club meetings would be cancelled, and with other popular once-a-year meetings looking to fall by the wayside, the Forbes committee decided to step up and host a picnic meeting. 
The selfless act to host the meeting, which was made by the volunteer-based committee under the watchful eye of Racing NSW, was made knowing that their club had nothing to gain financially from the day.
Scheduled to race on April 18, the meeting will include Trophy races over the 1100m and 1400m, Maiden Plates over the 1100m and 1300m, a Class Two over 1200 and a Class B over 1600m. 
Forbes Jockey Club vice president Tom Molloy said the decision to host the meeting was made because his club wanted to help participants who would be left out of pocket without any picnic or community racing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
“As a club, we don’t make anything out of these meetings, but is it good to help these picnic trainers and owners during tough times,” Molloy said.
“Those battlers need all the support they can get right now.”
Molloy indicated the club would entertain the idea of hosting future picnic and community meetings if it meant that racing would continue for participants in the central districts, especially during the disease outbreak.
“We wouldn’t mind holding more of these meetings, because we know it helps those country trainers,” Molloy said. 
“It’s good that Racing NSW chose to hold meetings at Wagga (Murrumbidgee Turf Club) and Albury (Albury Racing Club) to help trainers but at least this meeting helps out the trainers out here in the Central West.”
Although Forbes next meeting wasn’t scheduled until August, Molloy, who also curates the surface, said the track was in good condition and ready for racing. 
“The Forbes track is in good order all the time, the track itself is beautiful and it has a good cover of grass,” Molloy said. 
In what has already proven to be a testing time for racing participants, it is definitely a positive to see Racing NSW and their club’s so eager to cooperate in the interest of racing participants.