It’s a double that attracts racegoers from far and wide – an abundance of fresh seafood and some excellent horse racing.
That’s what is on the buffet table this Saturday when Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club hosts a six-race TAB meeting that also serves as a foodie’s paradise.
Garry McQuillan, TFJC’s president, said: “This is our annual seafood raceday and it is very popular.
“We sell more than 450 of the now famous prawn rolls, Barclay oysters and heaps of BBQ fish.
“And for those not eating seafood, we provide fresh cut sandwiches, hot beef rolls and hot pies.
“Being summer the atmosphere is fantastic, and we always get a lot of people that are holidaying on the mid north coast.
“This event is well-loved by regulars, but we’d also like to welcome any newcomers to join in all the fun.
“Our ice-cold beer is legendary – we store them in a cool room and then bring in two tonnes of ice to keep them icy on raceday.
“What a great way to spend a Saturday and there are free buses to and from the course with at least eight bookmakers fielding on the Rosehill and interstate races as well as six TAB windows.
“All the raceday information is on our website – tuncurryforsterjockeyclub.com.au”
Tuncurry also race on Monday fortnight (29 January) with a seven-race TAB program.
On Friday, Ballina Jockey Club provides another chance for horses to become eligible for the $3 million Big Dance at Royal Randwick later in the year with the running of the $65,000 Cherry Sports Group Ballina Cup (1590m).
Already the entries are first rate including last start winners Eaglemont (won at Doomben), Stay Safe (Ballina), Dorset Coast (Murwillumbah) and Avenue of Stars (Gold Coast).
It’s a Racing NSW Country Showcase meeting boasting $315,000 in prizemoney with plenty of entertainment including the Ballina Fair Fashions on the Field with more than $3000 in prizes across four categories.
A Cup Calcutta will be held at the Cherry Sports Group bar on Thursday from 7pm with 5% of the proceeds going to The Healthy Minds Club. There will also be free buses operating on Cup Day.
Next Sunday is Cowra Cup Day with the Club having a ‘Go Troppo’ theme encouraging racegoers to come dressed in tropical attire.
Cowra has full bar facilities, a food van and a Fashions on the Field competition with an $1800 prize pool.
The two features are the $36,000 Cowra Cup (1700m) and the $32,000 Cowra Japan Cup (1200m).
Mudgee galloper Johnny Dash, who has won two of his past three starts at Gunnedah and Narromine, is expected to be one of the favourites for the Cowra Japan Cup.
Also next Sunday is the ‘Summer Festival Raceday’ at Scone Race Club with a family orientated afternoon that includes live music, waterslides, face painting, lawn games, food vans and fairy floss.
– Racing NSW