Mallawa ready to showcase brand-new clubhouse and new-look race-day building

THE Mallawa racecourse and amenities have undergone great change in recent years – and now all is in readiness for a bumper race-day on Saturday after nearly 10mm of dust-soaking rain fell on the track last week.

The club is steeped in history and first raced officially under the auspices of Mallawa Picnic Race Club in 1930 when Whoa Sir won the Bundah Bracelet and backed up two races later to win the Florida North Handicap.

Construction work on the new-look, multi-purpose clubhouse was completed early last year and the existing main building housing the secretary’s office and stewards’ room,  jockeys’ room and committee room has been turned sideways to allow for better race-day viewing.

Club president Bernie Boland said his committee has worked hard in recent years to complete the massive upgrades.

“It is a large multi-purpose building with a beautiful, rustic timber bar and, despite the ongoing drought, this year has also seen the building adjacent to the saddling enclosure moved and a stage built for live entertainment,” Boland said.

Mallawa Picnic Race Club’s new multi-purpose clubhouse and existing main building which was relocated to allow for better race viewing (Image Supplied).

“The committee invites everyone to bring their picnic lunches and join other race-goers in ‘the street’ and surrounding picnic area for a fun day out and picnic races,” he smiled.

Boland expects about 2000 people to attend round two of bush racing’s Golden Triangle.

Children under high school age are admitted free and the cost for adults is $25 per person, payable at the gate.

“For those wishing to come by bus, all-inclusive tickets are available on the Mallawa picnic races Facebook page until midday Friday,” Boland said

Buses will return to Moree throughout the evening.

The six-race card has drawn 36 acceptances with a full complement t of riders to fill all engagements.

The B&W Rural Mallawa Cup features two past winners – Track Flash last year and Rusty Motorbike in 2017 – as well as Adam Vine’s Jack The Ringer, Doug Fernando’s Beau in Chains, Bill Perret’s Clipaholic, John McLaughlin’s Emvepee and Track Flash’s stablemate Oh Why.

More information about ticket sales and bus schedules can be found at the club’s Facebook page:

Mallawa Picnic Race Club president Bernie Boland (left) with Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall at the 2018 Mallawa picnic races. Mr Marshall secured $5000 worth of funding to help publish The Triangle (Image: Bill Poulos).

Meanwhile, The Triangle, a book detailing the history of bush racing in the north and north-west, will be available for sale at Mallawa picnic races on Saturday and again at Talmoi picnic races on Saturday, June 22 – rounds two and three of bush racing’s Golden Triangle.

The book, which includes 24 feature articles, is also available at participating stores and businesses across the Moree Plains Shire.

Tourism Moree heads a long list of outlets including Balo Square Newsagency, Deluxe Café Moree, North West Real Estate, Sutherland Reid and Farrar, B&W Rural, Kenway and Clark, Beauty Matters, Dipper’s Home Timber and Hardware, Webb and Boland Lawyers, Croppa Creek Store, The Moree Gallery, South Moree Butchery, A Tasty Surprise, Thomas Lee Motorcycles, Moree Veterinary Hospital, Faulkner’s Newsagency, McGregor Gourlay, Jukes Tyre Service and Assef’s Moree.

Mungindi’s Jolly Swagman Hotel, the Pally Pub, Pioneer Hotel at Boomi and Garah’s Club Hotel will also stock the book while Mungindi Jockey Club will sell copies at its annual cup meeting on Saturday, July 6.

The Triangle was published at no cost to Moree and District Historical Society after receiving grants and donations from Moree Plains Shire Council, The Moree Desperates, all three picnic race clubs at Moree, Mallawa and Talmoi and local member Adam Marshall.

Words: Bill Poulos

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