Head out to Rand­wick for Box­ing Day races

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Ray Thomas

BOX­ING Day is a spe­cial day on the Aus­tralian sports cal­en­dar, co­in­cid­ing with the start of the Sydney-to-Ho­bart yacht race, the open­ing day of the MCG cricket test and the Sum­mer Cup meet­ing at Royal Rand­wick.

The nine-race Rand­wick pro­gram in­vari­ably at­tracts a healthy at­ten­dance and the Aus­tralian Turf Club en­sures sports en­thu­si­asts don’t miss a thing with on­course tele­vi­sion screens de­voted to the yacht race and cricket.

The fea­ture race is the Group 3 $125,000 Sum­mer Cup, first run in 1890.

The Sum­mer Cup meet­ing has been given a boost with the ad­di­tion of the Listed $100,000 Can­ter­bury Clas­sic (1200m), an­other leg of Sydney’s sum­mer sprint se­ries.

Cra­dle Me, who un­leashed a dev­as­tat­ing last-to-first burst to win the Ra­zor Sharp Hand­i­cap on Villiers Day, will be chas­ing suc­ces­sive stakes wins in the Can­ter­bury Clas­sic.

The Aus­tralian Turf Club is pro­vid­ing free en­try to Royal Rand­wick on Box­ing Day for any per­son with an in­ter­na­tional pass­port. MEET­INGS GA­LORE THE Christ­mas-New Year pe­riod is hec­tic for the rac­ing in­dus­try with meet­ings ev­ery day some­where in the state - with the ex­cep­tion of Christ­mas Day. On Box­ing Day, there are 11 gal­lops meet­ings across NSW.

On De­cem­ber 27, there are race meet­ings at Mur­willum­bah and Scone, then Corowa and Dubbo on the Mon­day pub­lic hol­i­day. JOIN THE EX­CITE­MENT MY TIP for this week­end is get into the Christ­mas spirit and make the ef­fort to get to a race meet­ing, whether at Royal Rand­wick on Satur­day or at other venues around the state.

I’d like to wish ev­ery­one a very merry Christ­mas and a happy New Year.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.