Following the COVID pandemic, rain-affected meetings, and the 2022 floods, Gundagai Adelong Race Club was due for a change of luck.
The wheel turned the club’s way in 2023, and following a terrific Gundagai Cup meeting in April, President Michael Crowe and his committee welcomed their biggest Snake Gully Cup carnival crowd in years in mid-November.
The icing on the cake was their Adelong Cup meeting on New Year’s Day, which saw another big crowd walk through the gates.
“It’s just been a good season,” Crowe told NSW Country and Picnic Racing.
“It was a huge Snake Gully Cup carnival, and I think we were kind of due for that.
“Because of the previous difficulties we’ve had with the Snake Gully Cup, everyone was willing to get behind our club because they know the adversities we’ve faced in previous years, which led to a massive two days.
“Then, with the Adelong Cup, we heavily promoted that meeting, and it was good to see another big crowd on hand.”
Gundagai Adelong Race Club offers racegoers the best of both worlds.
Patrons get to experience the club and town’s quaint country charm and hospitality, while the Gundagai racecourse is still one of the leading racecourses south of Sydney, hosting seven race days a year and the ‘bucket list’ Snake Gully Cup carnival.
“I looked at the photos from the Snake Gully Cup race day, and it was a unique crowd, and some of the people there were people I never thought would go to the Snake Gully Cup,” Crowe said.
“It has become very well patronised locally and is on the bucket list of many racegoers from all over Australia.
“We get a lot of support, and it’s because we’re an old country race club that is having a go and offering that unique experience.
“We haven’t lost who we are, and our character is what makes us, and that is why we continue to have a big following.”
The club is already planning for their 2024 Gundagai Cup meeting, which will be held on Sunday, April 7.
Unfortunately, the club has lost the services of track curator Andrew Sheahan, but Crowe and his committee are looking for his replacement.
“That hasn’t made it easier for us, but we’re approaching people over the next few weeks about that, and hopefully, we can find the right person,” Crowe said.
“The thing is, it keeps rolling, and there is still a lot happening, and every day, there is correspondence and things that need to be dealt with, so Lenny (Tozer) and I are kept busy.”
The Gundagai Adelong Race Club will have more exciting news in the coming months, with a major announcement set to see critical upgrades to the racecourse facilities.