Cobar Miners Race Club are in the midst of preparing for their huge Cup meeting on May 8, and local trainer, Allan Prisk, said a big crowd will be a welcome return to normality.
Prisk explained that 2020 was very different for the small country club, who were one of the very few to host their non-TAB meetings during the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic when racing in May and August.
“We were one of the only clubs to race last year, which was great, but with the first meeting, there was no crowd allowed, and the second meeting was the most horrible day the club had seen for the year,” Prisk said.
“We raced, but we are definitely behind financially – we had bugger all income.”
With Covid-19 restrictions now eased, country and picnic meetings of late have boasted massive crowds, and Prisk was looking forward to the prospect of racing fans flocking to Cobar Miners Race Club on May 8.
“I have been to every meeting lately, we had a winner at Hillston the other day, and it was huge, Bourke was big too, they had a 2000-plus crowd, and everywhere we are going, we are seeing huge crowds,” Prisk said.
“It’s a great day at Cobar, and we have won the country meeting of the year twice, so obviously we put on a great day and I expect to see a big crowd.”
Prisk said attracting trainers wouldn’t be an issue, with the club putting on a meal and making sure everyone feels welcome and wanted to return for future meetings.
“My mum (Glennis Prisk) is 85, and she is still catering for jockeys and trainers, and it is one of the best feeds for the trainers, if not the best in country NSW,” Prisk said.
“We have slices, sandwiches and all that, and it’s all free and they love it.”
According to Prisk, Cobar Miners Race Club have their track in tip-top shape too, which is why racing fans flock to the popular country track.
“It’s a huge crowd and the community gets right behind it and Jarrod and Polly have been doing hours and hours of work on the track and it looks great,” Prisk said.
In an added bonus, the Cobar Roosters are playing at home on May 8, and the rugby league club will kick off at 5pm, making it a full day of entertainment for racegoers.
“The football club has pushed back their game to 5pm, and the race club is running a bus from the course to the footy, then the footy to Golf Club,” Prisk said.
“It should be a great day.”
The Cobar trainer hopes to fly the local flag at their cup meeting, with a majority of his team set to be in action.
“I’ve got a team of eight in work here and the club supports me 150%, and with this meeting being our biggest, I want them all running,” Prisk said.
“Monterey Magic will go to the cup; he has been running without luck and I have a couple of good old horses in Jawsome and Vonnida that I will set for here.”
While the action on course should keep punters entertained, improvements to the grounds, including a $325,000 toilet block renovation, meant racegoers would be kept comfortable.
Additionally, the club is looking at their next stage of renovations, which will be including a bore and upgrades to their kitchen, undercover areas and betting fencing.
Fashions on the field will also be a big talking point for the club, with seasonal style and sophistication, originality and confidence the key themes.
There is no shortage of sections either, with best dressed young lady and lady, teen girl and teen boy, gent, child and best millinery all catered for.
Punters can find out more about the meeting and fashions on the Cobar Miners Race Club Facebook page.