Tottenham gearing up for annual race day 

The Tottenham Picnic Race Club will host their annual race meeting on Saturday. Image: Racing Photography.

Picnic Racing heads into the Western Districts on Saturday, with Tottenham to host their annual program. 

While the mercury is expected to top 40°C on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, racegoers will get a reprieve over the weekend, with the temperature forecast to drop to a more tolerable 37°C on Saturday.

In good news for trainers and owners, Tottenham racecourse is in good condition following recent rain, with the track boasting good grass coverage.

“We’re going really good here ahead of our race day,” Tottenham Picnic Race Club secretary Lesley Hillam told NSW Country and Picnic Racing.

“We had 53mm of rain here a couple of weeks ago, and it’s all greened up and is looking good; we just hope it’s not too hot.

“We race on natural grass here, and the track is nearly completely covered this year, so it won’t be dusty.

“Plus, we’ve had outside railing put up on the northern and southern sides, and it looks good.”

With anywhere from 800 to 1300 racegoers expected to walk through the gates on Saturday, Hillam touched on what the annual meeting meant to the small community. 

“It is our big annual event for the town, and our major sponsor is an ex-local, which is Robinson Grain out of Dubbo, and they come back and support the day, and so do a lot of locals,” she said.

“It is the main event of the year, and it’s $20 to get in, and it includes a free luncheon, kids’ entertainment, and courtesy buses coming and going from the hotel.

“There’s lots of people camping and caravaners, and they’ll be arriving from Thursday, and it’s always an exciting time for the town.”

There is a free luncheon on the day, but complementing that is a full bar and barbeque in operation, and there will be morning and afternoon tea organised by volunteer groups such as the Lion’s Club and CWA. 

Add some bookmakers, fashions on the field, and entertainment by Sam McBride, and it will be a huge day and night for the Tottenham Picnic Race Club and community. 

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Picnic Cup winners to collide 

It’s set to be a good day’s racing at Tottenham, with the $10,000 Tottenham Picnic Cup (1400m) to headline the program. 

The feature is an all-Dubbo battle, with recent Bedgerabong Cup winner Tupou from the Clint Lundholm yard taking on Condobolin Cup winner Linden Tree, trained by Connie Greig.

Another last-start Condobolin winner, Foxstorm, trained by Ashley Gibson, will contest the race, with connections undoubtedly eager to gain more NSW Picnic Champion Series points. 

The meeting should be well supported, with 58 horses nominated for the six-race program, and full fields will be available on the Racing Australia website on Thursday morning.