Outfits are being chosen, shoes polished and with fascinators being created, it can only mean one thing- it’s time for the Mudgee Cup. The Mudgee Race Club has been racing since 1842 and with recent rain around the region, the track is looking perfect for some quality competition. There is an eight race program for the day including the Montrose Stony Creek Country Maiden and Wild Oates Mudgee Cup Day Sprint, with over $270,000 in prize money available, $30,000 minimum for each race. The big one, the Robert Oatley Vineyards Mudgee Cup, has $50,000 in prize money on offer alone.
All jockeys will wear black armbands on the day as a mark of respect for Max Crockett who passed away at age 74. The Mudgee-based trainer and horse breaker has worked for many trainers including Bart Cummings, Tommy Smith and Les Bridge, and will be remembered one of the most respected figures in racing.
In last years race, Jeff Penza rode the John Thompson trained gelding ‘Tahsin’ to victory ahead of ‘Schedule’, and the 2018 edition promises visitors more first class racing with a strong mix of top trainers and jockeys from across the country. Gates open at 11am with the races commencing at 1.35pm, however the schedule may change. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for pensioners, while under 16 years are free.
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Colleen Walker from the Mudgee Race Club said that everyone was invited to become a member of the Race Club, “Annual annual memberships provide admission to all of Mudgee’s races, along with reciprocal rights to Wellington, Dubbo, Bathurst, Muswellbrook and Hawkesbury meetings, and are a great way to save money while enjoying the races”. Annual Membership prices are as follows:
- Adult $55.00
- Pensioner $25.00
- Young $33.00
There will be plenty of action off the track as well with Sky Racing Radio’s program “Big Sports Breakfast” broadcasting live from the Oriental Hotel on Friday morning. Out at the racecourse the ever popular Fashion on the Field will offer plenty of prizes during the day with Ms Walker saying the day will be full of fun. “There is a real buzz about the place and virtually everyone I have spoken to is coming to our Cup day,” she said. “It’s the perfect day to celebrate with friends and family leading up to Christmas”.
Live music and entertainment, TAB and bookmakers facilities, and full bar and food facilities with organisers reminding visitors there is no BYO. Shuttle buses will be running from local hotels including the Woolpack, Lawson Park, Paragon and Oriental Hotel, before and after the races. For more information on the days events visit the Mudgee Race Club’s Facebook page.