Holbrook ‘absolutely perfect’ ahead of annual race day

The Holbrook and District Race Club’s racecourse is in ‘outstanding condition’ ahead of Saturday’s race meeting.

Recent rain has been a blessing in disguise for Holbrook Race Club, who are gearing up for a bumper six-race program on Saturday. 

While the track was a heavy eight at the time of publishing, following significant downfalls over the weekend, Last said the racecourse would be ‘spot-on’ come Saturday. 

“We have some astute farmers on the committee, so we stopped irrigating last Thursday, and the rain was the icing on the cake,” Last told NSW Country and Picnic Racing.

“We had 32mm of rain on Saturday and Sunday, which is basically the amount we would have put on the track, but nothing can replace good rain.

“The stewards from Wagga came and inspected the track on Tuesday, and they were very impressed. By race day, we’ll be good to go.”

The $15,000 Elders Ltd Commander Holbrook Cup (1400m) headlines the meeting, which has been well-supported by trainers. 

There are 78 acceptors and generous fields, and Last believes it will be a good day for punters and racing fans. 

“The fields are tremendous, and it is how it has been for the last four years,” he said. 

“It’s really encouraging to see that support because it means trainers want to race here, and we’re lucky with where we are located between Wagga and Albury.

“Plus, it is Championships Day in Sydney, and we have invested in a good track screen that will come up from Caulfield. 

“So, if people can’t make the Champs, they can come to Holbrook for a good country race meeting and still enjoy the races on the big screen.” 

In an absolute coup for the Holbrook Race Club, they were able to lock in former champion jockey and popular racing media personality Simon Marshall as their 2024 race day ambassador. 

Marshall will attend the meeting and help kick off the Holbrook Cup Carnival on Friday night when he is the special guest at the Holbrook Hotel’s Sportsman’s Dinner and calcutta.

“Having Simon Marshall as our race day ambassador is absolutely fantastic,” Last said. 

“He is looking forward to getting out of the big smoke and attending our Sportsman’s Dinner before taking off his tie and getting back to grassroots racing on Saturday. 

“Plus, racegoers will get to see Simon and chat with him during the day.”

The annual Holbrook meeting is a hidden jewel of the Southern Districts, and Last said that it is worthwhile getting along for their big day of racing and fashions.

“With the Sportsman’s Dinner, we are trying to create that country carnival atmosphere,” Last said. 

“It’s our little tinpot meeting, but there is some class to it, and the people that come to Holbrook really doll themselves up. 

“Fashions on the field is a big thing, and they travel from everywhere for it; it’s a really great day.”

On the day, there will be children’s activities, the TAB van, local and metro bookmakers, the race tech mega screen, and plenty of entertainment, with music after the last until the bar closes. 

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