Tocumwal ‘bloody beautiful’ ahead of Easter Saturday race day

A big crowd is expected to get along to the Tocumwal meeting on Easter Saturday.

After missing last year’s meeting due to significant overnight rain, Tocumwal Race Club is ready to welcome over 2000 racegoers for its Easter Saturday meeting. 

One of the biggest annual race days in the Southern Districts, the club is looking forward to a welcome return to racing. 

“It was horrible to lose it the way we did last year,” Tocumwal Race Club secretary Brent Bonat said.  

“It was the morning of, and we understand that stewards had to make decisions for the safety of horses and jockeys involved, but it’s never good to lose a meeting. 

“It’s a popular day, and we’ll get a crowd of more than 2000; they come from everywhere.”

While the meeting is intrinsic to Tocumwal, the club’s future will hinge on the day’s success. 

“It’s essential we get a good day in; two years in a row (without racing) could be devastating,” Bonat said. 

“I wouldn’t say it is make or break, but not having a meeting may jeopardise our future.

“We have one race meeting a year, and all the support is from locals and visitors who want to get here for the meeting. It keeps country racing alive, which is important. 

“A lot of people forget we are the grassroots of the sport, and without these little meetings, you don’t have the racing in the big city because this is where everyone starts, so it’s important we keep our day going.”

With the racecourse receiving a good drop of rain earlier in the week, the track sub-committee, led by Jack McNamara, couldn’t be happier. 

“We had 10mm on Tuesday night, and it was perfect timing,” Bonat said. 

“It’s been bloody dry, and with the rain, we’ve saved money, and we don’t have to use power to pump water from the bore.

“The track and surrounds look magnificent; it’s bloody beautiful and never looked better, and it’s been a good job by the track committee.”

The $20,000 Tocumwal Gold Cup (1300m) always attracts a good field, while the six-race program should be well-supported by trainers from all over the Southern Districts, South East, and across the border. 

“We are very well supported by bookmakers because it’s a good day’s racing,” Bonat said.

“We’ll have our two standard metro bookmakers and up top 12 local bookmakers; they should be really good fields.”

There will be fashions on the field, buses to and from town, and plenty of food and drinks on offer, but Bonat is excited about his club’s major raffle. 

The first prize is a mystery flight for two with three nights of luxury accommodation, valued at $2000, along with $500 spending money; it’s set to be well sought after. 

There is also a $750 prepaid MasterCard and $500 worth of Coles fuel vouchers to be one.

“It will be $10 a ticket, and we are selling them on the day,” Bonat said. 

“There are some fantastic prizes, and the winners will be drawn directly after the cup.”

It’s set to be a massive day, and readers can keep up to date with what’s happening by clicking here.

NSW Country and Picnic Racing will have more on the meeting next week, and we’ll be on course to bring you race-to-race updates for the non-TAB meeting.