Girls Day Out at the Races at Glo­ri­ous Goul­burn

Ladies in Racing - - Contents - Story by Colleen Goth

There were 4,000+ race­go­ers on track, all dressed up to en­joy the best that coun­try rac­ing has to of­fer and sup­port can­cer aware­ness in their com­mu­nity. Rainy skies cleared to bril­liant sun­shine, bathing the golden Goul­burn roses in glory. The Girls Day Out race meet­ing, which is con­ducted an­nu­ally, al­ways draws the big­gest crowds to the pic­turesque track and pro­vides a taste of the top class rac­ing, be­fore they re­turn to wit­ness the Goul­burn City Cup meet­ing on Sun­day, Novem­ber 22nd. The seven race card com­menced be­fore mid­day and race­go­ers quickly filled the mar­quees, the club house and the mem­ber’s lounge, while also spilling out onto the soft green grassed lawns, keen to watch the thor­ough­breds per­form. The fo­cus of the ‘Girls Day Out” is to cel­e­brate the im­por­tance of ladies to rac­ing and in their com­mu­nity. Pro­ceeds from the cel­e­bra­tions go to lo­cal char­i­ta­ble groups sup­port­ing lo­cal peo­ple with can­cer. The jockey ranks on the day re­flected the grow­ing num­ber of fe­males com­pet­ing in the sport. Each year The Sorop­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion presents a per­pet­ual tro­phy for the most suc­cess­ful lady jockey on the day. This year it went to Deanne Panya who won races one and four. The Sorop­ti­mist is a ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tion work­ing for the ben­e­fit of women and girls world­wide. Ms Naseema Sparks, the Deputy Chair­per­son of Rac­ing NSW said when she spoke with the happy win­ning con­nec­tions on race day, “Coun­try Rac­ing is the emo­tional heart of our rac­ing in­dus­try”. It is a heart that beats strongly at the Goul­burn and District Rac­ing Club. The Club has en­joyed a splen­did year with horses, train­ers and jock­eys com­ing from both sur­round­ing coun­try ar­eas such as Can­berra, Wagga and the South Coast and from the city rac­ing bases in Syd­ney and Vic­to­ria Own­ers from Mel­bourne, Syd­ney, Bris­bane and the Gold Coast have be­come reg­u­lar at­ten­dees, once they dis­cover how well the track plays for their horses, giv­ing them all a chance as well as re­ceiv­ing the now leg­endary coun­try hos­pi­tal­ity. “I am treated bet­ter at Goul­burn than I do at Head­quar­ters in Syd­ney” said one owner who did not wish to be iden­ti­fied, “and it is an easy two hour drive down the high­way from Syd­ney.” Ms Sparks be­lieves that the in­au­gu­ral NSW Coun­try Cham­pi­onships race se­ries this year has done a lot to show­case the qual­ity of coun­try races; with the ex­pe­ri­ence of a day at the track en­joyed by both city and coun­try race go­ers. Goul­burn hosted a heat of the 2015 Coun­try Cham­pi­onships in March; and the pa­trons are still talk­ing about the ex­cite­ment of that race – and the won­der­ful coun­try lamb BBQ that was of­fered by Rac­ing NSW to show­case the best pro­duce in the district. The pulled lamb shoul­der with tatzsiki dress­ing and the ‘Goul­burn Lamb Sausage”; cre­ated by long term Club spon­sor El Meato Butch­ery, had the pun­ters com­ing back for more. They will get an­other chance to ex­pe­ri­ence it on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 20th 2016, when Goul­burn hosts the first heat of the 2016 Coun­try Cham­pi­onships. The prize money is en­tic­ing as well, with the Coun­try Cham­pi­onships Heat worth $100,000 and the Fi­nal has been boosted re­cently to $400,000. But first, there is all the ex­cite­ment of Goul­burn City Cup Race Meet­ing which boasts prize­money of over $235,000. The Cup it­self is worth $100,000 whilst the other fea­ture of the day, the Emi­rates Park/ Guy Wal­ter Hand­i­cap is of $30,000 and also car­ries are a free stal­lion ser­vice to Emi­rates Park’s Group 1 win­ning stal­lion Al Ma­her.



This race is a poignant re­minder of the late great Goul­burn-based trainer, Guy Wal­ter, who was renowned for his abil­ity to bring out the best in young horses, es­pe­cially fil­lies, un­der his care. It’s a TAB Sad­dle Sun­day and it is tipped to bring in pun­ters and party go­ers alike, who will en­joy the very best that coun­try rac­ing has to of­fer. Rac­ing has a long his­tory in the area with the first races said to have been ‘chal­lenge matches” or­gan­ised by ‘Troop­ers’ out­side of the Gor­don Ho­tel, which is not far from the cur­rent track. The old­est Goul­burn Cup Tro­phy is dated 1885. The cur­rent Goul­burn and District Rac­ing Club was founded in 1969. In 1999 it moved to its cur­rent premises on Race Course Drive off the Tar­alga Road. The Club was in­cor­po­rated in 1989 and is man­aged by a board of Di­rec­tors, some elected by Club mem­bers, oth­ers ap­pointed by Rac­ing NSW. Deputy Chair­per­son Ms Sparks com­mented that the Goul­burn and District Race Club is also show­ing the way with at­tract­ing ladies to the Board of Di­rec­tors. Ms Su­san Leahy and I were re­cently re-elected and en­joyed the thrill on race­day of pre­sent­ing sashes to the win­ning con­nec­tions in the mount­ing yard. So what’s keep­ing you from join­ing us at glo­ri­ous Goul­burn to ex­pe­ri­ence the very best that coun­try rac­ing has to of­fer.

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