Corowa de­liv­ers “ex­cel­lent” races

The Free Press (Corowa) - - FRONT PAGE - BY JAR­RYD BARCA

Corowa Race Club Sec­re­tary Sheri­dan Kay said chang­ing the Novem­ber meet­ing to the eve of Aus­tralia’s big­gest race as op­posed to run­ning it on the same day, which it had done prior to 2017, has been a pos­i­tive switch.

“Chang­ing its date has been a re­ally suc­cess­ful de­ci­sion for us,” Ms Kay told The Free Press.

“Even this year go­ing through un­til 8pm too was fan­tas­tic, peo­ple stuck around all the way through to have din­ner and en­joy the en­ter­tain­ment and live mu­sic. A lot of peo­ple came from out of town too which was great.”

The Race Club made the de­ci­sion to stretch the event out to 8pm on Mon­day, Novem­ber 5 to al­low race­go­ers the chance to make a full day of it.

Live mu­sic was played by Mau­rice Mi­lani, while there were also plenty of pop­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties for kids.

The in­flu­ence of seven TAB meet­ings on the card meant there were great horse fields on the day.

There were full Fash­ions on the Field com­pe­ti­tions this year with an Un­der 17 boys and girls, Lady of the Day, Millinery and Best Dressed Cou­ple cat­e­gory. The main prize was a $1,000 CIRCA 1936 voucher.

“Fash­ions was great, we had some ex­cel­lent judges,” Ms Kay said.

“The event was full of flare and colour, and there was el­e­gance ev­ery­where which was re­ally lovely. The qual­ity of the con­tes­tants was great.”

While the first two edi­tions of a race meet­ing on Mel­bourne Cup eve have been a rag­ing suc­cess, the Race Club will con­tinue to grow and en­hance the ex­pe­ri­ence for the town.

“We’re al­ways chang­ing a few things to make it bet­ter, this year we had our fash­ions com­pe­ti­tion un­der the sails, and we had our spon­sors in a spon­sor mar­quee in front of the track,” Ms Kay said.

“We’re lis­ten­ing to what peo­ple want and we’re lis­ten­ing to peo­ple’s sug­ges­tions, and as a com­mit­tee, we’re tak­ing it on board and ac­com­mo­dat­ing those sug­ges­tions to make it big­ger and bet­ter again next year.”

Ms Kay said she would like to thank “all of the fash­ion judges, spon­sors and ev­ery­one who came along and sup­ported us” for mak­ing the event yet again suc­cess­ful.

“There was quite a buzz about the day,” she said.

“I re­ceived a few pos­i­tive mes­sages off peo­ple af­ter the day say­ing it was a great event and stay­ing through un­til 8pm was a good idea.

“All-round it was just a great day.” Corowa’s next TAB race meet­ing will be on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 30.

The sec­ond edi­tion of Corowa’s Mel­bourne Cup Eve race meet­ing eclipsed its in­au­gu­ral event in 2017, with a 10 per cent in­crease in ad­mis­sion sales con­firmed by the Race Club.

The Cup Eve meet­ing at­ten­dance record was es­tab­lished on Mon­day night as a packed crowd at the Corowa Race­course en­joyed the races and twi­light en­ter­tain­ment.

The Fash­ions on the Field was very pop­u­lar on Mon­day, with a sea of colour and el­e­gance pleas­ing the judges.

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