After the recent abandonment of picnic meetings at Talmoi (wet weather), Wean (Covid) and Duck Creek (Covid), Racing NSW announced Gunnedah Jockey Club would host a picnic meeting on July 24.
With the NSW Picnic Racing Association (NSWPRA) Picnic Champion Series final scheduled to be held in October, series points will also be up for grabs at Gunnedah, which is the second-last picnic meeting of the season before the final meeting of 2021/22 is held at Cobar on August 21.
NSWPRA President Craig Tyack was pleased to hear that Racing NSW had made the conscious decision to offer racing to trainers and owners of lower-class horses.
“It’s a big thing to just keep the horses going out that way,” Tyack said.
“There is no doubt it is important for trainers. Just trying to find a meeting to nominate for that you know will go ahead is hard enough.”
Tyack said the loss of recent picnic meetings wouldn’t impact the $50,000 Picnic Champion Series final that will go ahead at Coonamble Jockey Club on October 10, as he believed most runners currently in the top 12 had earned enough points to be worthy of the rich final.
“The horses that are going to be in the final, they are the ones that are high in the points score now and they deserve to be there,” Tyack said.
As far as Gunnedah holding a picnic meeting went, Tyack wasn’t sure how it would proceed, but he was grateful, nonetheless.
“It’s great and we thank them very much for doing it,” Tyack said.
For trainers and owners looking ahead to the Gunnedah meeting, it will be a six-race-program with each event worth $5,000.
There will be two Open Trophy Handicaps over the 900m and 1300m, two Class B Handicaps over the 1000m and 1250m, a Class Two Trophy over the 1600m and a 1000m maiden Plate.