Santa is set to deliver a fantastic race day at Warren on Friday, with a packed seven-race twilight Christmas program to be complemented by plenty of off-track entertainment and festive cheer.
With 111 nominations, a good racing surface, music until late, fashions on the field, and a visit from the big man himself, President Matthew Colwell said the town was buzzing ahead of their annual Christmas meeting.
“It’s really exciting. Santa and Santa’s little helper will be there for the kids, and we have a DJ until 9pm, fashions on the field, and plenty of entertainment,” Colwell said.
“Traditionally the twilight meeting was set up as a Christmas event for the town and we think it is important that we get back to that.
“The town needs an event at this time of year, and a lot of people love getting out to support it.”
Warren Jockey Club has been working hard in recent times to make the race day an event that caters for all walks of life, and Colwell was pleased with the positive reception his club has received ahead of Friday’s program.
“There has been a lot of interest and marquees booked, and we want to host a good day, but a cost effective day for everyone that wants to hold a Christmas party or event,” Colwell said.
“The club has worked with sponsors to buy our own pop-up tents, just to help cut costs, because we want to cater for everyone.
“We want to be able to cater to our corporate sponsors, but also the little businesses that have two, four, or six employees.”
As far as the on course action, Warren is currently rated a soft six, and Colwell expects to be racing on a good four come race day.
“Pending rain today (Monday), but I think we should be in a good position,” Colwell said.
“The track was prepared pretty quickly after the Cotton Cup, and the turnaround was handy.
“With the weather around, it can be hard to gauge where it will be on Friday, but I feel it will be a good four, and it should be a perfect race day.
“We had such good reports after the Cotton Cup, and if I was an owner of a couple of horses, I would definitely be pushing for them to go to Warren for what should be a really good race day.”
Trainers and owners will be looking forward to the Warren meeting, especially after Monday’s program at Orange was abandoned due to wet weather.
As a result of that abandonment, a 1400m Benchmark 74 Handicap was added to the Warren program, which will turn out to be the feature on the program, with some of the best Central Districts and Western Districts gallopers doing battle.
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