Toodyay and Kalgoorlie race meet dates clash
Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club will be forced to compete with its Toodyay counterpart this year, with the Wheatbelt race club set to hold a race meet on the same day as the Kalgoorlie Cup on September 27.
It is a bitter blow for the club, which expected to see the iconic race return to stand-alone status in 2015.
The Kalgoorlie Cup lost that status last year when Racing and Wagering WA announced the 2014 race would compete with Belmont Park.
But the move to shift the Cup to a Sunday meet for three years, starting in 2015, was supposed to restore the race to a stand-alone fixture, but those hopes were crushed yesterday.
KBRC chairman Andrew Inglis said a clash with Toodyay was disappointing.
“The whole crux of what we’re trying to do is stand alone,” he said.
“It’s not like (Toodyay) is a massive race meeting. It’s probably just above a picnic-type meeting … certainly we would like to be the centre of attention, if you like, for that day and we’re not going to be.”
The silver lining for KBRC, however, came when Racing and Gaming Minister Colin Holt announced his desire to see stand-alone status restored.
Speaking at KBRC yesterday, Mr Holt admitted while he had little input in RWWA’s decision, the scheduling clash between the two clubs came as a disappointment.
“I think there’s a really good argument for the Kalgoorlie Cup to be a stand-alone Sunday event on the long weekend,” he said.
“I have limited ability to fix some of those things. I can make my views known and I will, but I’m really keen to see what comes out after the races happen and see if we can’t adjust it.”