Narrandera set to kick-off winter racing season

Racing returns to Narrandera next Saturday, June 19. Photo: Trackpix Racing Photography.

While the autumn racing season has come to a close, Narrandera Race Club is gearing up for a busy season of winter racing.

The Southern Districts club will race three times, with their Saturday TAB meeting kicking off proceedings on June 19, before their Showcase Narrandera Cup meeting on Sunday July 18 and their social day at the races on Sunday August 14.

Narrandera were lucky enough to race in 2020 but couldn’t host crowds due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, so the committee and Racing Manager Michael Bailey is excited to see spectators return to the track in 2021.

‘We didn’t have any crowds at all last year, and people around here haven’t been able to go to the races since September 2019, and we are putting a lot of effort into social media and getting the message out there and getting people on course,” Bailey said.

Next weekend’s meeting is a true punters day, with a strong six-race-card of Southern Districts racing set to attract punters and racing fans alike.

The club follows this up with their feature-race meeting in July, which is all about the Narrandera Cup, fashions and entertainment, while in August, a social day for the locals, with good racing and fashions is expected to attract another big crowd.  

“Our July meeting is on a Sunday, and it is the Cup Day where we have fashions on the field and some really good racing,” Bailey said.

“And the August meeting is the social day, but it’s more for the locals and we have our fashions too.

“Up until about four years ago, our cup meeting was traditionally in August, so the locals still support the meeting.”

Over the course of the season, the club will also remember two late committee members, who were integral to the club’s success. 

“It’s a Memorial Day next Saturday for one of our past presidents, Les Peacock,” Bailey said.

“He was president four about five or six years and he was involved with the club for his lifetime.

“We also have the Tom Lee Memorial race day in August, as he was involved in the club for 50 years, and they were two very significant people in the past history of the club.”

On top of the club wanting to see people on course and celebrating a full return to race day festivities, Bailey reiterated that racing was Narrandera’s strong point. 

“We have averaged above 11.5 horses per race, and we can only start 12, and we have had eight or nine races each time, which tells us people want to race here,” Bailey said. 

“The other thing that is only recent is our 2100m race and it proved really popular. It was hard last year with no Victorians, but I expect that it would be very popular this year.”

Racing fans can click here to Narrandera Race Club for updates on upcoming meetings and promotions.