Tamworth ‘ready to go’ ahead of busy month of racing

Mitch Robinson
Track Manager Mitch Robinson is confident Tamworth Jockey Club is up to handling three meetings in a busy month of racing. Photo: Tamworth Jockey Club.

Tamworth Jockey Club (TJC) will embark on a busy month of racing on Friday, with the North West racecourse hosting the first of their three meetings in August. 

The recent wet weather has plagued NSW country tracks, but new TJC track manager Mitch Robinson, said the course would be ready and raring for the challenge.

“It’s a bit busy, and it has been quite wet recently,” Robinson said. 

“The track has taken a bit of a hammering on the inside but that is part and parcel of winter and country racing.

“We are more than capable of getting through this month and stepping into next month with another two meetings before another meeting in early October.”

Robinson admitted the weather gods would play their part, as they always do, but he said his team would be focusing on having the Tamworth track in tip top shape. 

“Really, in a way, we just hope we don’t get any rain and that is the ideal scenario,” Robinson laughed. 

“But in the same instance, we need to work on track patches, so we are ready to go and in the best possible condition for race meetings.”

Friday’s meeting has 95 acceptances across the eight-race-program and with the recent abandonment of so many other regional meetings due to both the Covid-19 pandemic and wet weather, Robinson believed it was imperative that Tamworth raced. 

“With tracks being washed out and other tracks not being able to race, we need to be ready,” Robinson said. 

“We need to cross the t’s and dot the i’s as it is very important for us as a club and a region to keep going.”

Recent upgrades to drainage look to be paying dividends at the TJC, with Robinson highlighting the course’s improved handling of wet weather. 

“We are pretty lucky that the drainage that was put in here early this year works a lot better,” Robinson said. 

Mitch Robinson inspects the Tamworth Jockey Club course before Friday’s meeting. Photo: Tamworth Jockey Club.

“From what I heard previously, 6ml (of rain) would knock them out but pretty frequently, we have had 10 to 20ml (of rain) in the week of a race meeting and we have been able to race at an eight or seven, and we even copped a bit of rain last race day and was able to continue.”

Robinson, who only joined the TJC earlier this year, alongside new General Manager Michael Buckley, has been a very good acquisition for the club, with the track manager spending his formative years with the Newcastle Jockey Club before taking on the Tamworth challenge.

“I did my apprenticeship at Newcastle, and I saw the job here at Tamworth, and I thought I would give it a go,” Robinson said.

“It’s a whole different kettle of fish. It’s a different climate and different weather conditions and these guys have only just come out of drought, but the track is going really well and I’m confident we can get through this next month and beyond.” 

In what is a credit to Robinson and his team. Tamworth is currently rated a soft five for tomorrow’s meeting, with the rail out five metres for the entire course. 

The first race jumps at 12.40pm and for more details on attending the meeting, readers are encouraged to click here.