Girls Day Out at the Races at Glorious Goulburn
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.
IT APPEARED THAT EVERYONE IN GOULBURN AND THE SURROUNDING DISTRICT HAD TURNED OUT FOR AN AFTERNOON OF RACING AND SOCIALISING AT THE ‘GIRLS DAY OUT’ RACEDAY ON SATURDAY,
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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