Tumbarumba locks in January cup date

Racing will return to Tumbarumba Turf Club on January 28 with the annual Tumbarumba Cup meeting set to attract racegoers from far and wide.

All systems are go as the Tumbarumba Turf Club start preparations for their 2023 Tumbarumba Cup meeting, scheduled for early next year. 

The annual six-race-program, which is one of the highlights of the Southern Districts racing season and local social calendar, will be run on January 28, 2023. 

Secretary Gordon Kelso said the date worked perfectly, with the always popular race day falling right in the middle of Tumut Turf Club’s TAB meeting on January 14 and the Tumut Cup meeting on February 11. 

“It’s great. There is Wagga on the Thursday, Sapphire Coast on the Sunday, but really, we should see good fields,” Kelso said. 

“Tumut race two weeks before and two weeks after, which is absolutely beautiful, and it means we should see a lot more racegoers from those areas getting along to all three meetings.” 

The date couldn’t have worked better for the turf club, with Australia Day falling only two days prior on the Thursday, meaning local racing fans and visitors can make it a four-day weekend.

“We are excited, because it is Australia Day on the Thursday, and hopefully people stay the Friday and we get an influx of visitors to stay in town and look at the region,” Kelso said. 

“After speaking to a few owners about the dates, some of them have already locked it in. 

“It is a great opportunity to enjoy the races, but also check out what the region has to offer with wineries and everything else.” 

Tumbarumba Turf Club are due for some luck, with their 2021 and 2022 meetings both washed out, with freak storms hammering the region on the eve of both race days. 

“It’s been very hard with two years of washed-out meetings, and really, there has been a lot of lost income,” Kelso said. 

“Not only that, but we need the com- munity event. The community loves this race day, and we have really missed it.” 

After not racing for nearly three years, the course proper is in wonderful condition, and Kelso said a hard-working committee have maintained the track and grounds. 

“We are blessed at the moment because the track is in the best condition,” Kelso said. 

“We haven’t had any racing in two years, and with the terrific rain, and the subsequent grass coverage, the track is definitely the best it has been in my 15 years with the club. 

“Plus, after investing money into our new toilet blocks, and upgrading our kitchen, the facilities are up to scratch, and it is going to be quite nice to show- case to everyone our great track and great facilities.” 

Tumbarumba Turf Club will host their AGM in the coming months before step- ping up preparations ahead of their January 28 race day and Kelso stressed that there was always room for more volunteers on their committee. 

“We are always looking for volunteers,” Kelso said. 

“It’s basically the same eight to ten of us doing it every year, and the guys, including myself, are getting older and we are always looking for new blood.” 

Readers can get in touch with the Tumbarumba Turf Club on Facebook if they want to get involved with the committee or to find out more about the Tumbarumba Cup meeting.