The Forbes Jockey Club committee have been working hard behind the scenes ahead of their August 1 Cup meeting.
In major announcements, the meeting has been shifted to a Sunday and upgraded to Showcase status, meaning each race carries a minimum of $30,000 prizemoney.
The Forbes Jockey Club has also invested an additional $10,000 in prize money on top of what Racing NSW contributes to make the Forbes Cup a $50,000 race – no doubt attracting a higher class of horse.
Forbes trainer Dennis Bush was ecstatic to hear the news of extra prize money, praising the committee and Racing NSW.
“I couldn’t be happier, and I think it’s just phenomenal, especially if we can get a winner,” Bush laughed.
“It’s unreal to think we are going to race for that kind of prize money here at Forbes.
“It’s really good to see the committee doing what they are doing, and it will be a really big thing for the club and the town of Forbes.”
The increase is prize money will certainly attract trainers, but the Forbes Jockey Club is also doing their part to entertain a potentially huge crowd.
Last year was meant to be the 25th year partnership with Bankstown Sports Club, but due to Covid they were unable to attend.
Instead, this year the club is celebrating 25 years at the races with Bankstown Sports.
Forbes Jockey Club will also host a marquee. Tickets will strictly be limited and at $120 and race goers will have drinks and canapes included.
For those wanting to make a weekend of it, the Forbes Cup Calcutta will be held on the evening of Saturday July 31 at one of their regular sponsors, Club Forbes.
Tickets are $40 and will include a sit-down meal.
Again, these tickets are strictly limited due to Covid restrictions within the venue.
The Forbes Jockey Club are making a day and night of it, also honouring Forbes’ very own, Col Hodges, celebrating his 50 years of race-calling with a race named in his honour.
For more information on the meeting, or to keep up to date with announcements, readers are encouraged to follow the Forbes Jockey Club on Facebook.