Picnic racing returns at Bedgerabong

Nepenthes wins at Bedgerabong. Photo: Racing Photography.

NSW picnic racing returns on Saturday, with Bedgerabong set to kick off an exciting run of 28 meetings throughout NSW. 

There hasn’t been a picnic race day in NSW since the Bong Bong meeting, which was held in front of a bumper crowd of 5000-plus on November 24.

Bedgerabong annually hosts the first picnic meeting of the year in NSW, and it makes for an enthralling few months, with week-to-week picnic programs held until mid-April.

From there, picnic race days are slightly more sporadic on the calendar when moving into the Western Districts and the famed Golden Triangle in the state’s North West. 

Leading into Bedgerabong, there is a lot of interest in the 2023/24 Picnic Champion Series, which readers can learn more about by clicking here

As it stands, the Natalie Jarvis-trained California August comfortably leads the series on 24 points after winning the Harden Cup in October before his thrilling Bong Bong Picnic Cup victory in November. 

Still, there is plenty of racing ahead of the $50,000 final, which will be run and won at Coonamble on Sunday, October 19.

On Saturday, Bedgerabong will have their always-popular fashions on the field competition, entertainment for the kids, and, of course, a six-race picnic program. 

The $11,000 Bedgerabong Picnic Cup (1400m) headlines the meeting, and with 16 nominations for the time-honoured race, it’s set to be an event to remember.

To find out more about the program, click here.

For nominations, click here

For the 2024 NSW picnic racing calendar, click here.