Off and racing

Off and racing: The race meeting will kick off with the 2000m Grenfell Cup and finish with the 1400m Maiden Plate. All eyes will be on the feature race which is Race 3, the 1400m Loaded Dog Handicap. Photo: File.
Off and racing: The race meeting will kick off with the 2000m Grenfell Cup and finish with the 1400m Maiden Plate. All eyes will be on the feature race which is Race 3, the 1400m Loaded Dog Handicap. Photo: File.

In what promises to be a great day out, racing returns to Grenfell in an action packed day of wholesome family fun. Following the 150th anniversary of thoroughbred racing in Grenfell in 2017, this year’s spring meeting will again host a quality, six race card featuring the Loaded Dog Handicap and the Grenfell Cup.

While the drought certainly has made it’s mark on the region, Grenfell jockey Club President Andrew Hooper said the club was looking forward to showcasing the track and the town. “The track and surrounds are in magnificent order considering the very dry conditions. The small but energetic committee have done a fabulous job of looking after it,” he said.

Calling them down the home straight: Race caller Col Hodges. Photo: File.

Calling them down the home straight: Race caller Col Hodges. Photo: File.

As a show of support to those suffering through the drought, the Jockey Club has announced that entry to the races will be free however, in lieu of admission to the races, donations will be collected for drought relief. Donation boxes will be placed at the entry gate, the office and the race book stand. 

Like most country towns events such as race meetings rely heavily on the local community and volunteers, and Andrew said Grenfell was no different. “I would like to thank the hard working committee for making the track and facilities look fantastic, along with thanks to Paul Taylor who has grown magnificent wheat crop for us to admire today,” he said. Andrew also thanked the generous sponsors for their support saying that without the generous sponsorship of these business, it would be impossible to race.

The Jockey Club has always received fantastic support from the local community and from the many visitors who make their way to Grenfell to attend the races. Councillors from the Weddin Shire Council said the annual event attracts an impressive number of horse and sports fans, and showcased Grenfell and the surrounding district at one of the best times of the year.

Fashions: Categories include Tiny Tots, Junior Girl, Teenage Girl, Elegant Lady, Best Dressed Gent, Best Dressed Couple and Most Outstanding Hat. Photo: File.

Fashions: Categories include Tiny Tots, Junior Girl, Teenage Girl, Elegant Lady, Best Dressed Gent, Best Dressed Couple and Most Outstanding Hat. Photo: File.

The meeting, to be held on Saturday, September 22, will be a great day out for racing enthusiasts keen to follow the on track action, with Sky Channel video replays, TAB facilities, bookmakers, and an on course punters club.

For those looking for entertainment off track, there will be plenty on offer. Attractions will include the Lions’ famous jumping castle and merry-go-round for the kids, the Grenfell Town and District Band, along with the usual bar and canteen facilities. There will also be everyone’s favourite, the Fashions on the Field, with some wonderful prizes up for grabs.

A courtesy bus is available before and after the races, located at the Main Street bus stop near the Grenfell Motel, and at the Railway Hotel. The first bus will run from 12pm until 2pm, and afterwards will depart from the racecourse following the last race, running until 6pm.