Golden Fleece meeting to showcase best of Warren racing

Western Racing Association action heads to Warren Jockey Club on Saturday for the annual Golden Fleece Race Day.
Photo: Racing Photography.

Warren Jockey Club will look to kick off a big 2023 of racing on Saturday when hosting their annual Golden Fleece race day.

The six-race non-TAB program allows the club to host a community-orientated meeting with a young and hard-working commitment focused on returning locals to the iconic race day. 

Off-track, the Golden Fleece long lunch gives racegoers a chance to mingle and enjoy good food, refreshments, and company, all in the setting of a country race meeting.

“We have sold a fair few luncheon tickets, which is great, and we are just trying to build the day up and make it more appealing each year,” said Warren Jockey Club representative Nicole Mackay.  

“It’s a catered long lunch, and an open bar from 1 pm to 4 pm, so it’s a good deal, and after the races, we will have a five-piece band, so it’s a great chance for anyone looking for a good day at the races.”

Warren – known best as a cotton-producing town in the Orana Region of New South Wales – just started its picking season, so that will not help the club. 

However, Mackay remains optimistic that locals will support the meeting. 

“Picking has started around here this week, and we’ll lose a lot of farmers as a result, so it’s a tough time to have a meeting, but the town will get behind us,” Mackay said. 

“We have six lucky door prizes on the day, which include three $100 Ellerslie Lane Gift Vouchers and three bottles of Prosecco. 

“There won’t be any fashions, but we do have a prize for the best dressed on the day, who will be picked out randomly instead of having them line up.”

The Golden Fleece race day is an important date for the town, as it pays homage to local Merino Wool breeders, which were once big backers of the Warren Jockey Club

“We are pretty well known for our Merino breeders around the area,” said Warren Jockey Club President Matt Colwell. 

“The area is known for growing such good wool, and at one stage, we had ten breeders around the area.

“We have actually got one of our race sponsors, which is Henry and Gordon Welsh, who is a young racing family, and they are sheep people, and it’s good to see there is a bit of life in it and that they are getting behind the club.”

While plenty is happening off-track, the on-track action will be hot, with 70 acceptors on the six-race card. 

Warren racecourse – known fondly as the Randwick of the West – was rated a good four at the time of publishing, and it should all lead to a good day’s race on Saturday. 

Warren’s Golden Fleece race meeting details:

–           April 15

–           $20 Entry Fee 

–           Tap & Go or Cash at the gate and bar 

–           Gates Open: 12 pm

–           First Race: 1:30 pm

–           Entertainment will begin after the last race with the Bakers Boy Band. 

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