Golden Fleece race day to kick off Warren’s new season

Warren and District Jockey Club will be back racing on Saturday, April 20. Photo: Racing Photography.

The thrill of bush racing is back again next month, when the Warren Jockey Club hosts their annual Golden Fleece race meet on Saturday April 20. 

A “must-do” on the racing calendar for the “Randwick of the West,” the six-race Sky2 event is Warren’s only Saturday race meeting, and it promises a big day of racing and entertainment.

More than 200 local punters enjoyed the Autumn sunshine last year, as well as a sell-out crowd for their inaugural Golden Fleece Long Luncheon.

“The Long Lunch is back again this year, bigger and better than ever,” said Warren Jockey Club president Matt Colwell.

“We were thrilled with the success of the event last year. It was a sell-out for the luncheon, with overwhelmingly positive feedback. 

“The Golden Fleece is our only Saturday race meet for the year, and I personally think it’s one of our best; the weather is usually perfect.” 

“Tickets for the luncheon are available now”, said Matt, with guests enjoying a beautifully catered lunch from ‘Crooked Arrow’, drinks all afternoon from a private bar, and the recently revamped George Falkiner Lounge, where the luncheon is hosted, is perfectly air-conditioned with prime viewing of the track finish line. 

“Dubbo musician ‘Sugar Shane’ Riley will also be playing, keeping guests entertained between the races. There will be great prizes up for grabs for best dressed punters, plus a courtesy bus will be running between town and the track,” added Matt. 

The Jockey Club committee has been working hard the past few years to grow the club and cement its position as one of the Central West’s premier country tracks.  

“Together with the Warren Shire Council, we’ve been working hard to keep the track in peak condition to help attract top bush horses, trainers, jockeys and punters to Warren,” Colwell said. 

“Last year, reports from jockeys were extremely positive. They love coming to our track.

“Country races really are an institution and a big part of the social fabric of many towns throughout the area. They are a great social occasion and opportunity for locals from Warren and throughout the district to get together.”

Matt also acknowledged the importance of his dedicated volunteer committee as well sponsors, who help ensure bush racing can continue in Warren.

“It’s also really important that I acknowledge our sponsors, the Warren Services Club, MVC Couriers, Macquarie Rock and Sand, Warren IGA, Gordon Welsh and Gallagher Insurance, as well as the Jockey Club committee and volunteers,” Colwell said. 

“We are very lucky to have such an energetic and dedicated committee and the continued backing of local businesses. Their ongoing support ensures we can keep racing.”

Tickets for the Golden Fleece luncheon are on sale now until April 16. Click here for details