Bush racing’s Golden Triangle starts with Moree picnics on May 27
IT may not be the race that stops the nation, but it’s certainly the race meeting that halts the region.
The Moree picnic races on Saturday, May 27 – round one of bush racing’s Golden Triangle – is a darling of the social calendar, and this year will be no exception.
Moree Picnic Race Club president Sally Glynn said organisation of this year’s event is well under way, with exceptionally strong interest on the track – and off it.
“I think we’ll have a particularly strong line-up for our six-race meeting, ensuring a great day of racing and a great excuse for a flutter,” Ms Glynn said.
Trackside picnic traditions still reign supreme in Moree, with crowd favourites such as a marquee picnic luncheon, highly competitive Fashions on the Field competition and evening dinner-dance all complementary to the racing action.
“I’ll soon be very excited to announce our entertainment for the evening – and with past acts including nationally-acclaimed performers such as Lisa Hunt and The Groove Academy, this year’s entertainment is sure not to disappoint,” Ms Glynn said.
The region’s fashionistas will also have the opportunity for some off-the-track winnings, with prizes for the highly coveted Fashions on the Field of exceptional quality.
“The calendar is filling fast so make sure you don’t miss this excellent day out – organise your outfits, book your babysitters, your flight or your motel and gather your crew because this year’s Moree picnics is going to be one you don’t want to miss out on,” Ms Glynn said.
Mallawa picnic races are scheduled for Saturday, June 10 with Talmoi wrapping up the tri-series of bush racing at Garah on Saturday, June 24.
There will be 18 races across the three meetings, with jockey and trainer bonuses again on offer.
The Golden Triangle is also part of a huge NSW Picnic Racing Championships, where winners of differently graded races will accrue points that will qualify them for a $50,000 Final at the Dubbo Gold Cup meeting on September 10.
The inaugural NSW Picnic Championships kicked off on October 22 last year with Harden picnics providing first points for the series, a spin-off from the hugely successful Country and Provincial Championships.
Racing NSW CEO Peter V’landys said the Picnic Championships was all about revitalising bush racing.
“We are pleased to be supporting this concept and by staging a $50,000 event on a big day such as the Dubbo Gold Cup program will give picnic riders and horses plenty of exposure,” Mr V’landys said.
NSW Picnic Racing Association secretary Deidre Adam said she is delighted that Racing NSW has backed the concept.
“We expect this series to generate quite a bit of interest and to also improve horse attendance at our picnic race meetings,” Ms Adam said.
“Instead of the qualifying heats in the Country and Provincial Championships, picnic horses will acquire points at every picnic race meeting in which they compete.
“The highest ranked horses at the end of the 12-month period will be eligible to nominate for the Picnic Champion Series Final.
“Picnic clubs sometimes have problems securing approved riders for race meetings and we believe this concept will provide motivation for riders to attend meetings.
“As further incentive, the NSW Picnic Racing Association will also offer a significant bonus for the riders that attend the most meetings for the year.”
Further information on round one of bush racing’s Golden Triangle at Moree can be found at www.moreepicnicraces.com.au.
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