Snake Gully Cup gets green light

The ever-popular Snake Gully Cup two-day carnival is set to proceed on Friday and Saturday.  

Despite the recent wet weather and the fact that the Gundagai Adelong Race Club racecourse was under water last week, the flooding has since receded, and Racing NSW stewards have given organisers the all-clear to push ahead with their carnival. 

Gundagai Adelong Race Club President Michael Crowe was always confident the track would be right to race on, but he was simply happy to have Racing NSW stewards agree with his assessment of the racecourse. 

“Once we started to see that water recede off the track in good time, we gained a lot of confidence, and it is pretty forgiving on this track, and with the good drying weather, we thought we would be right,” Crowe said. 

“From about Thursday it was starting to look good. We had to wait to have inspections done by Racing NSW, but they agreed that the racing surface will be safe and ready for two big meetings.”

Stewards inspected the track on Friday and Saturday, and while Crowe admitted the racecourse still had some drying to do, he said the surrounding grounds were in good order ahead of what will be a very entertaining two days of racing, fashions, and entertainment. 

“A big plus is that the general public area was not affected by flooding at all, and it won’t impact the people that come through the gates,” Crowe said.

“There is a damp patch around the 1800m mark, but other than that, the track is Mickey Mouse and ready to go.

“Between now and then, we have some good drying time, and we will have the track in wonderful condition to race the carnival, plus the forecast is looking better and better and the rain has been pushed back and we are confident we will get two good days of racing in.” 

The annual Snake Gully Cup carnival puts Gundagai on the map and the two meetings attract 1000’s of visitors to town and nearby communities, and Crowe stressed how important the two days of racing were for everyone involved.  

“It’s hugely important for the club and the community. It brings millions into our town and surrounding towns and local businesses all get to benefit, which is great,” Crowe said. 

A bumper two days of racing is headlined by the $100,000 Snake Gully Cup on Friday’s program, which also includes the $50,000 Bellette’s Bulk Bins Snake Gully Flying Handicap and the $50,000 TAB Country Magic Benchmark 58 Handicap.

On Saturday, the $34,000 Gundagai District Services Club Hair of the Dog Cup takes centre stage as the carnival rounds out proceedings. 

For more information on the carnival and what the club has to offer across the two days, readers can click here