It took less than 24 hours for Snake Gully Cup tickets to be snapped up by eager racegoers after the Gundagai Adelong Race Club released an undisclosed amount to the public on Monday morning.
The two-day carnival, scheduled for November 12 and 13, is always a popular event, and by late Monday night, both the $50 premium trackside and $30 general admission allocation of tickets for the Snake Gully Cup race day had been exhausted.
President Mick Crowe was over the moon with the result, and while he knows there will be disappointed patrons who missed out, he was stoked to see the club so well supported ahead of their major race day.
“It’s good news. We are absolutely elated with the reception we have had from travellers from all over NSW,” Crowe said.
“It looks as if people have been really hanging out to get back into country and regional areas and just out into NSW.”
There were limited tickets still available at the time of publication for the Hair of the Dog race day, which is the day after the Snake Gully Cup, and Crowe expected that they would be sold out soon.
“There are tickets available for Hair of the Dog, but they are limited. It would be down to the last 100 tickets,” Crowe said during the week.
“They will be gone soon and it’s good and it does make up for not having as big a crowd on Snake Gully Cup Day.”
At the moment, Gundagai Adelong Race Club are limited to approximately 1500 racegoers per day, and Crowe didn’t see that changing before their carnival.
“We are still sitting at around the 1500 for each day at this point of time and that will be the maximum that we will be allowed under NSW Health and Racing NSW guidelines,” Crowe said.
Owners and members won’t miss out on either race day though, with the club making sure they have ample tickets put aside.
“Members only have to register at the gates and owners and members have looked after us over the years, and we wanted to make sure they didn’t miss out,” Crowe said.
It might not look like the Snaky Gully Cup carnival of yesteryear, with the Snake Gully Cup meeting alone generally attracting up to 5000 patrons, but Crowe was just happy to be racing and that some sort of crowd could be in attendance.
“We are just happy to be able to supply a really good race day for patrons and a competitive race day for some very good country horses that are racing at the moment,” Crowe said.
Gemma Crowe also chimed in, highlighting that fashionistas out there will get to show off their outfits, with the club hosting a fashions on the field competition with a twist.
“We are going to have fashions on the field after race three but with a twist,” Crowe said.
“We will have two categories; one will be for the most elegant lady and the other one will be best dressed gentleman on course and there will be a secret spotter in the crowd who will pick the winner.
“There are two fabulous accommodation packages on offer that have been donated by Hotel Realm in Canberra.”
For those potential racegoers wanting more information about both race days, or to pick up Hair of the Dog tickets, readers are encouraged to visit the Gundagai Adelong Race Club Facebook page.