‘Randwick of the West’ readies for annual Cotton Cup

Warren Jockey Club will hold their annual Cotton Cup meeting on Sunday November 7. Photo: Racing Photography.

It is some six-hour drive from its namesake in Sydney, but the Warren Jockey Club will be doing their best to host a terrific card of racing and live up to their reputation as being the ‘Randwick of the West’ when hosting their Cotton Cup meeting on November 7.

“We have a really good track here and some really good racing,” said Warren Jockey Club President, Kevin Noonan.

“They call it the Randwick of the West and really, the track is our biggest selling point.

“It’s looking great at the moment too.”

Headlining the eight-race Sunday program is the $34,000 Cotton Cup, an Open Handicap event over the 1600m journey, and Noonan was hopeful a decent crowd would turn out for what should be a great day’s racing.

“It used to be really big when it was on Saturday, but it was moved to Sunday and we have been trying to draw a crowd back,” Noonan said. 

“We are just trying to build on it and now we are only three weeks away from racing and it’s good we can have crowds again.

“I would like to think we would get 400 or 500 people, but it’s hard to say. We haven’t had much on and with things opening back up, we might get a bigger crowd.”

It shapes as a good weekend for locals and visitors, with Warren Golf Club hosting an event on Saturday before the Cotton Cup Calcutta on Saturday night. 

“The Calcutta is always good. We have that on the Saturday night at the Golf Club, plus we have the Bruce Soulsby Memorial Golf Day that day; it’s a good weekend,” Noonan said. 

The Warren club attracts a good visiting group from Kurri Kurri, which adds a bit of theatre to their day at the races. 

“It’s actually a funny story. We had these blokes; about seven or eight years ago, they come from Kurri Kurri, and they all thought they would come up to the Cotton Cup,’ Noonan said.

“They did a pub crawl from Kurri Kurri to here and well, they turned up for the races on the Sunday, but we didn’t saddle up that day after it all got cancelled.

“We still went ahead with the lunch, and they had some races themselves on the track and they really had a good time and they have been coming back every year since and they even sponsor a race (the Kurri Kurri Boys Sprint).

“We also get the Qube blokes, they love it too, and they have been sponsoring us for years and supporting the club.”

When asked what separated Warren Jockey Club from the rest, Noonan said it was their friendly atmosphere. 

“We just have good friendly people and good racing; you don’t need too much else,” Noonan said. 

The Warren Jockey Club meeting should see a decent turnout following the Covid-19 statewide lockdown, and with food vendors, a bar, bookmakers and TAB all in operation, the club will be ready for a crowd. 

Readers are encouraged to follow the Warren Jockey Club socials in the coming weeks, with more announcements on the horizon.