While most of the state is dealing with the NSW flood crisis, with many tracks severely impacted in recent weeks or currently under water, it will be a refreshing change of pace when Quirindi Jockey Club host their Werris Creek Cup meeting on Thursday.
The seven-race-program has attracted some of the best trainers and jockeys from the Hunter and North West region, with 109 acceptors, and club secretary Ted Wilkinson is predicting a good day both on and off track.
“I checked the track this morning and I rated it as a heavy 8 and I expect there to be an upgrade tomorrow because the track is in really good order,” Wilkinson said.
“There is great grass cover, and with the acceptances, it is a really good meeting, and we are very pleased for all the support.”
Flooding has impacted surrounding towns, but it won’t hurt the Quirindi meeting, with Wilkinson making sure everyone is on board for what should be a big day.
“Mal Hunt our starter is hemmed in because of road closures, but he is flying in from Lightning Ridge to Tamworth, and then he is coming here to start out meeting,” Wilkinson said.
“The Werris Creek Cup has been going for a few years, and it has turned into a good little meeting.
“The train drivers and those sort of guys roster themselves so they can have that Thursday off and it should be a good day.”
Quirindi was able host a pop-up meeting late last month, and Wilkinson was happy to provide some much needed race meetings to participants who have done it extremely tough in recent months.
“Absolutely, we are looking forward to our race day,” Wilkinson said.
“We missed a couple of meetings during the winter and that was devastating, and winters in Quirindi are dicey because once we get the rain, it doesn’t dry up, so it stayed very wet.
“Once spring came, it started to dry up and we had the opportunity to race at the last minute on October 29 and we get to race again tomorrow.”
Racing on Thursday jumps at 1.39pm, while the last race on the day closes out the meeting at 5.24pm.
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