Big move for race meeting

October 18, 2017

Racing action comes to Corowa on Melbourne Cup Eve this year in a major move the Corowa Race Club hopes will attract a bumper crowd.

In a major shake-up of the traditional Corowa Race Club calendar, its biggest race meeting has been moved to Melbourne Cup Eve and the club committee couldn’t be more excited.

The TAB Twilight Meeting on Monday, November 6 will feature seven TAB races and all the fun and excitement of a spring racing carnival.

The change of date means it will be the first time in 60 years that Corowa is not racing on Melbourne Cup Day.

Corowa Racing Club Secretary Sheridan Kay said the club was approached by Racing NSW to host a full TAB meeting with seven races.

“Our Melbourne Cup race meeting is normally a non-TAB event with five races, so our race club committee jumped at the chance,” she said.

“We are hoping to attract a bigger crowd because we are going to have bigger and better fields and we are still having all the festivities that our normal Melbourne Cup Day race meeting offers.

“There will be full Fashion on the Field competitions, a free giant waterslide for the kids that will run all afternoon; we have our undercover betting ring, bars, and two ticket packages to choose from.”

Ms Kay said there would be buses running from many locations for just $10 return, offering racegoers a safe and easy way to get to and from the races.

“We are proud to be working with the Corowa Golf Club running Calcutta, with tickets to be sold all day at the races and it will be finished at the golf club that night,” she said.

“People wanting to go to the golf club for dinner can take advantage of a free shuttle bus.”

Ms Kay asked residents to mark the event in their calendar.

“We are hoping it attracts our local community, as well as those from neighbouring towns – it’s a great opportunity to host a Christmas party or just get family and friends together,” she said.

The Corowa Race Club hosted five transfer race meetings last year due to other race tracks in the Southern District Racing Association (SDRA) being deemed too wet to race.

“Because we have one of the best sand tracks in the SDRA we received those extra transfer meetings, which in-turn has grown our club significantly,” Ms Kay said.

“This led to us being approached by Racing NSW to change the date, which was seen in light of how much our club has grown and how much hard work the committee put in to run the extra race meetings.

“We have seen a very profitable result in the last financial year.

“We are hoping to get the town behind us to come out and enjoy the races.”

Ms Kay encouraged residents to start making their Cup Day Eve plans.

The Corowa races always attract a well-dressed crowd and there are some great prizes up for grabs in the Fashion on the Field competition.

Racegoers will be entertained on the day with music by Maurice Milani, while the children will be kept busy with a free giant waterslide.

For racegoers that want to get the most out of their race day experience there will be two package deals – the marquee or umbrella package.

Those choosing the umbrella package will receive admission, a race book and be treated to umbrella seating for $20.

For real luxury trackside the marquee package offers admission, race book, track front marquee seating, finger food and access to a private bar serving beer and wines between 1pm and 7pm for $120 per person for 20 people.

Getting to Corowa Racecourse is easy with buses running from Rutherglen, Wahgunyah and Corowa.

For more information on the buses or to purchase a ticket for the race day event, visit

The website also provides all the information you need to plan your race day.

Gates open at noon.

General entry is $15 for adults, $10 for pensioners and free for children under 16.

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