Racing returns to Inverell on Saturday for the start of the new racing season with a focus on fund-raising for worthwhile causes. Entry to the races will be by way of a donation to the Inverell RUOK? Campaign and, during the day, the club will be raising funds to support the family of Darren Jones who died tragically in a race fall at Warialda in April.
The local Picnic Race Club will host its own separate glamorous event to raise money for two charities.
Racing begins at 1.40 pm with 62 starters to contest the five races.Local trainer Alan Foran is hoping the new season continues his good fortune at the end of last season when his mare Bonnie Sare became one of the first Inverell trained horses to win one of the $30,000 showcase feature races now staged by Racing NSW.
The additional prize money enabled Foran to treat his whole stable to few extra carrots for the horses’ birthday last week as Bonnie Sare has now won over $50,000, a reasonable return on the $6,000 outlay when Foran was the one and only bidder for her at the 2014 Inglis yearling sales in Sydney.
The winning combination with jockey Jodi Worley head to Tamworth today (Friday) for a 1600 metre race with hopes for a repeat of the last start win when the mare was the subject of plenty of support in the betting ring with official prices firming from 18/1 to 10/1 before winning by over 2 lengths. Foran will rely on Clever Gent at Inverell on Saturday to carry the stable colours.
Inverell Repco have donated a 19 drawer tool chest and trolley valued at over $1000 for the club to raffle along with other prizes.
Local Picnic Race Club
The Inverell Picnic Race Club will have a separate ticket-only marquee function on course which will add to the atmosphere of a sunny day’s racing. The young group of enthusiastic, community minded individuals, host glamorous picnic race days each August with returns given back to the community.
Tickets are priced at $60, and include access into the marquee, nibbles throughout the afternoon and a free drink. All proceeds go to the Prostate Cancer Support Group and the Inverell Boy Club Gymnasium.