Grenfell Jockey Club celebrates 152 years of racing

The Grenfell Jockey Club will expected a bumper crowd on Saturday, as they prepare to celebrate 152 years of racing. Photo: Grenfell Jockey Club.

Saturday’s six-race-program at Grenfell Jockey Club will feature their 2000m Grenfell Cup as well as the 1400m Henry Lawson Loaded Dog Handicap.
The meeting will be the most recent in their rich 152 years of racing, a testament to the club’s resilience in a day and age that more tracks are closing down.
Despite the dry conditions, the track is in a tip-top shape, evident by the meeting being well supported with 78 nominations. 
Club secretary Terry Carroll was excited to have the meeting so well supported. 
“The nominations have been terrific but we only have 60 stalls so I might have to put up some temporary ones,” he laughed. 
Carroll believes the good state of the track, prize money and the lack of local racing is the reason for the strong nominations. 
“We have two $10,000 races, the track is in good nick and trainer’s need a place to run their horses,” he said. 
The Grenfell Jockey Club also goes above and beyond to make their owners and trainers feel welcome. 
“We give bales of hay for the best presented horses in each race, the fourth place horse and the last placed horse,” he said. 
“It’s just a place people want to come for good country racing.”
Attractions on the day will also go well beyond the good card of racing and will include the Grenfell Town and District Band, Fashions on the Field, TAB, Bookmakers, on course punter’s club as well as the usual bar and canteen facilities and the Lions’ famous Jumping Castle and Merry Go Round for the kiddies.
There will be a lucky book prize with the winner receiving a gift voucher for one night’s accommodation for two adults in a queen room and a full hot buffet breakfast for two adults in Stock Cafe.
A courtesy bus will be available before and after the races, leaving from and dropping off at the Countrylink bus stop in Main Street near the Grenfell Motel and at the Railway Hotel. 
The first bus will depart at 12.00pm and will run till 2pm, while after the races the bus will depart from the racecourse following the last race and will run till around 5.45pm- 6pm. The meeting offers plenty of attractions and is a real family orientated experience. For more information contact the Grenfell Jockey Club.