Toodyay and Kal­go­or­lie race meet dates clash


Kalgoorlie Miner - - SPORT - An­drew Bros­nan

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.”

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