Holbrook in ‘outstanding condition’ ahead of cup day

The Holbrook and District Race Club’s racecourse is in ‘outstanding condition’ ahead of their April 15 race meeting.

Southern Districts racing will head to Holbrook and District Race Club on April 15 for what is shaping to be a big day of non-TAB racing. 

The Elders Holbrook Cup will headline the six-race program, and according to club President Tom Last, the racecourse is in ‘outstanding condition’. 

“According to Russell Ross, the track is the best he has seen it in 50 years,” Last said. 

“We haven’t had to water it a hell of a lot; there’s been natural nitrogen and the best rain you can get.” 

Holbrook and District Race Club boast a lot of racing history and a unique racecourse designed on the same plans used to build Royal Ascot in England.

It’s a big reason racegoers attend the meeting year in and year out, with everyone catered for on the day.  

“I would say there are many reasons to get to our race meeting,” Last replied when asked why racegoers should make their way to Holbrook on April 15. 

“The weather will be that beautiful autumn weather, and we have those glorious Elm trees, which offer that natural canopy of shade.

“There is that laid-back country atmosphere. Plus, it is a safe environment for kids.”

Snichols Jumbo Games will be at this year’s race meeting, so there will be plenty of entertainment for the little ones, and fashions on the field will no doubt attract fashionistas from far and wide. 

“It’s a real family day,” Last said. 

“It is a really laid-back country meeting, very similar to Corryong and Gundagai, and the day is definitely more pitched at families, and there is plenty to do. 

“There will be kid’s entertainment for the little ones, and there is fashions on the field, and people dress up for the day.

“I had no idea that there were women that followed the circuit, and I go to meetings at Gundagai and Wagga fairly regularly, and I have a glance at fashions on the field, and you see the same faces, and they just love it.”  

Holbrook will offer a new experience regarding catering and refreshments, with Billson’s drinks – amongst other delicious refreshments – just one of the changes in 2023. 

“We are trying to have more of a gourmet food situation on track this year,” Last said. 

“We will have a big smoker there, and one of the guys from town is doing little dumplings and Asian fusion food, and there is Navy Brew coffee there as well.

“We’re not gentrifying it, but there are no longer the $5 steak sandwiches, as we just want to offer something a bit classier with the food, and I believe it will go down pretty well with everyone.” 

Punters and racegoers will be catered for, with bookmakers fielding on the local and metropolitan races.

“We have got a good relationship with Race-Tech, and they will bring what they call the Mega Screen, and punters can watch the metropolitan races in style, and we will have metro bookies in attendance,” Last said. 

Fashions to be the focus at Holbrook

There is no denying that fashions on the field competitions are taking over country race days, and it’s no different at Holbrook, with some terrific prizes up for grabs when the club races on April 15. 

The club will be hosting a quality competition, which categories and prizes listed below. 

Fashions on the field categories and prizes 

Elegant Lady 

Winner: A night for two at the Quest on Townsend, Albury. 

Runner-up: Facial at Bliss, Albury. 

Miss Racegoer 

Winner: A night for two at the Quest on Townsend, Albury. 

Runner-up: Facial at Bliss, Albury. 

Fashionable Man 

Winner: A night for two at the Quest on Townsend, Albury. 

Runner-up: Haircut and style at Fusion Hair and Beauty, Holbrook. 

Best Dressed Local 

Winner: Gapsted Wines prize pack. 

Runner-up: Voucher from Hello Maude, Holbrook. 

Best Hat 

Winner: Hat from Danica Everard Millinery, Albury. 

Runner-up: Manicure from Orchard Road, Albury.