After a successful 2023 off and on the track, Narrandera Race Club gave back to the community, donating $4000 to the Narrandera Hospital Auxiliary.
The Southern Districts race club, which usually races three times a year, were called upon eight times in 2022, with the racecourse thriving during a particularly wet season.
Late last year, Narrandera Shire Council was successful in securing funding of $239,651 as part of the NSW Government’s Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program, allowing Narrandera to host an inaugural Christmas meeting, and with a big crowd on course for some great racing, it capped off a terrific year for a hard-working committee.
Following the success of their Christmas meeting, the club donated a large chunk of their gate takings to the Narrandera Hospital Auxiliary, and Narrandera Race Club Racing Manager Michael Bailey couldn’t be happier to be supporting a local charity.
“I’m extremely proud, and that is one of the things we wanted to do, to make sure money that we made went back to the local community,” Bailey said.
“The Hospital Auxiliary does a great job raising money for equipment that the hospital can’t obtain through regular funding streams, and the opportunity to help with that is genuinely great.
“Plus, the Narrandera Hospital Auxiliary have used our facilities for functions, and we have a good working relationship with them, and we’d love to keep supporting them.”
Narrandera Race Club will focus on the upcoming winter of racing, where they host three meetings, which the $50,000 Narrandera Cup will headline on July 16.
The Narrandera Cup is also a Big Dance and Little Dance qualifier, and Bailey said the racecourse was in terrific condition.
“We had the eight meetings last year, and it was certainly a challenge for the committee, but they were successful, and we were able to help out the industry,” Bailey said.
“This year, we have three meetings planned for June, July, and August, especially with the July $50,000 Narrandera Cup Showcase race meeting, which qualifies for the $1 million big dance and $500,000 Little Dance at Royal Randwick in November.
“We are expecting good quality horses, and the track is in terrific condition due to the outstanding work Shane Bloomfield and Tony Patterson have put in, and I believe it will be the best it has been, and depending on what the conditions, we are hoping for some excellent tracks when we start back racing.”
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