Trainers and Jockeys will be rewarded for supporting Moruya Jockey Club during their ‘Summer Series’ of racing that kicks off December 19, with the running of their Narooma Cup meeting.
The three-leg series, that also includes the Moruya Cup Showcase meeting on January 3 and the club’s TAB meeting on January 13, will gives trainers and jockeys a chance to earn points in each race as they battle for top honours and bragging rights across the three meetings.
At the culmination of the Summer Series, the leading trainer will win a cash prize of $3000, while the leading jockey will be $1500 richer for their efforts.
In a Moruya Jockey Club statement, they announced that local sponsors had backed the Summer Series in memory of the late, Sandy Cummins.
“The Cummins Family in memory of Sandy, as well as the Moruya Veterinary Hospital, have donated a cash prize for the leading Trainer ($3,000) and leading Jockey ($1,500) over the Summer Series of Races at the Moruya Jockey Club, inclusive December 19th, January 3rd and January 13th,” the statement read.
“This is a fantastic initiative and will provide further interest into what is already a fascinating carnival of racing.”
Moruya Jockey Club Manager, Ken Brown, believed the Summer Series would add another exciting element to their summer of racing.
“The idea is the brainchild of Steve Cummins, who is Sandy’s son,” Brown said.
“They were thinking about running the series on the Narooma Cup meeting as they have before, but we thought we could run it as a series across the three meetings, and it means there is added interest in our last meeting of the summer season.”
Brown and his committee are gearing up for a massive Narooma Cup meeting, which is quickly followed by their biggest meeting of the year, the Moruya Cup.
“We are expecting two big days,” Brown said.
“We are expecting over 2000 people for the Narooma cup, which was moved to this date from June, plus we have the calcutta at Club Dalmeny on the Saturday night, and on Sunday, we have a big eight-race-card.
“Then we are expecting over 2500 for Moruya Cup.”
Tickets for the Narooma Cup meeting are for sale online, and patrons are encouraged to get in quick so they can jump the queue on race day.
“If people buy them early, they will skip the line and have their own gate,” Brown said.
“It will be quicker for them on the day.”