Something for everyone at Grenfell Picnics

It’s set to be a big day at Grenfell on Saturday, April 15. Photos: Racing Photography.

The Grenfell Picnic Race Club will look to take advantage of the school holidays when they race on April 15, with their committee hosting a family-friendly race day. 

“I think we are ticking all the boxes,” said Grenfell Picnic Race Club President Danny Kotel.  

“We provide a good race day for not only the horses, trainers, jockeys, and owners, but families and anyone looking for a good day out.

“There is a fair bit of entertainment for the kids, novelty events and entertainment for the adults, fashions on the field, and a good day of racing.”

Kids’ entertainment will again be a big focus in 2023, with parents able to let their hair down while their children enjoy many activities.

“Sometimes, you go to the race day, and it’s very ‘racey’, whereas I think we have tried to make it a balanced day, so there is something for everybody,” Kotel said. 

“For the kids, we have the traditional jumping castle, sandpit, face painting, novelty events, and special categories for kids in our fashions on the field. 

“The other thing is that we have people supervising the kid’s events so that they will have supervision, and parents can relax a little bit.”

There has been a lot of interest in the meeting, and following a variety of upgrades to the Grenfell Picnic Race Club facilities, Kotel and his committee are ready to put on a show. 

“We have three groups this year coming from Goulburn and others from Sydney and Canberra, and they are coming up because Grenfell is a good place for a get-together during the school holidays,” Kotel said. 

“We have ‘The Shed’, which is our hospitality area, and we have a caterer coming for that, and we’ve sold 120 seats in there for sponsors, their guests, and members of the public,” Kotel said. 

Regarding the racecourse, Kotel couldn’t be happier, and the President praised the volunteers looking after the racetrack and grounds. 

“It’s excellent and in really good condition,” Kotel said. 

“We did a hell of a lot of work last year after two years of COVID, and we got on top of it, and the same group of fellas helped prepare the track for the (Grenfell Jockey Club) race meeting last September, but it was called off.

“Since then, they have been able to keep on top of it, and have slashed it, kept the weeds down, and I think probably for the last few months, the track has been ready to race on.”

Following the Cowra Jockey Club flooding late last year, trainers such as Maree Hopkins and Andrew Molloy have been using the Grenfell racecourse for their training. Kotel was pleased to be able to offer them a temporary training facility. 

“A number of their trainers brought their horses over here and were doing their trackwork on our track, and as a club, we are happy we could help out for a little bit,” Kotel said. 

“We didn’t charge them anything, and we saw what they were going through, and at the time, it wasn’t worrying us and wasn’t impacting the track.”

While the Lachlan Fertilizers Delta Ag fashions on the field will take centre stage off-track, the $10,000 Lane Cove Rugby Legends Grenfell Picnic Cup (1400m) will give owners and trainers something decent to win.

On the day, there are other feature races, including the $7,500 CL Commodities Grenfell Picnic Bracelet (1000m) and the $7000 President’s Cup (1400m), sponsored by Terry Bros Carpet Court Forbes. 

Other race sponsors on the day include McAlister Motors, Grenfell IGA, Terry Bros furniture and bedding in Young, and the Allen & Flachs families, while race club sponsors include KMWL Forbes, South West Fuels, and Grenfell Pharmacy. 

For more on the meeting, click here.