Mudgee, who are only racing today owing to the recent rain events and unfortunate flooding of Cowra Jockey Club’s racecourse, understand exactly how their country racing counterparts are feeling during this difficult time.
“It’s tough and I can understand what they are going through,” said Mudgee Race Club’s CEO, Damien Toose.
“We had two floods here in Mudgee through the space of four weeks. The first came through on the 8th of October and then again about three and a half weeks after that.
“It was a difficult period, but we had good support from Racing NSW in relation to guidance, and we had some support from Scone and Dubbo track staff who came over and helped us.”
Toose originally wanted to donate today’s gate the Cowra, but Cowra Jockey Club President Peter Ford wanted to see the money go towards a community that is in real need, after 90% of Eugowra’s building were either destroyed or severely damaged.
“We thought we would throw the gate open for entry and make it a gold coin donation to get in, and hopefully people dig a little a deeper and donate to the cause,” Toose said.
“We would have loved to give it to Cowra, who have been knocked around by the recent flooding, but I spoke to the club, and they said they would prefer to see it passed on to the community of Eugowra.
“It will just be a regular race meeting. We will have some bookies here, with the TAB on course for races all around Australia, and we just hope people get there and support a good cause,” Toose said.
Mudgee will host their cup meeting on December 2, and Toose said today’s program led in nicely to their feature race day.
“We are full steam ahead for cup day,” Toose said.
“We have been dealt a few sticky situations with the flooding, but we have left no stone unturned to get the track right.
“We actually think it will be beneficial to the track when racing (today). We can get it a bit cut-up from the hoof work, and with the continued sunshine for the next fortnight, it will improve the track immensely.”
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