The track was well-grassed and firm

DAY AT THE RACES: Dress up, bring the family and enjoy a great day out at the Bowraville Race track on Saturday
DAY AT THE RACES: Dress up, bring the family and enjoy a great day out at the Bowraville Race track on Saturday

Reporting trackside, the word is that conditions are ideal for the running of the highly anticipated Bowra Cup on Saturday.

Nambucca River Jockey Club secretary, Geoff Harris, said the track was well-grassed and firm.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen it so good – it will be a fast track,” Geoff said.

The $92,000 seven race TAB meeting is shaping up to be one of the fullest on records, with 63 nominees so far.

And for the Cup itself, 11 horses have nominated for the $25,000 race.

“We actually have too many nominees, as we can only have 10 starters, so we will certainly have a full field.”

The race meeting aside, there will be the traditional Fashions on the Field, which will be judged around 3pm with prize money of $500.

Also traditional, will be the singing of the National Anthem, accompanied by Nellie Wormleaton on saxophone, at the official opening of the meeting, just before the first race at about 1pm.

“I think we are one of the few clubs that still follow this tradition. The time is approximate, as all the races have to fit into the TAB schedule.

“The Cup will be run at around 3.45pm.”

Gates open at 11am with food and beverages all available as well as full betting facilities. Entry $15.

Geoff said the NRJC greatly appreciated the support of all the local businesses who sponsored the races, particularly the Bowra Hotel, who as chief sponsor, offered support in cash and kind.

“None of this would be possible without the sponsors and also our team of volunteers, who we thank for their time and efforts.”

And for those coming from out of town, Bowraville residents are ready to welcome everyone to their pretty historic town, buried in the Nambucca Valley.

The word Bowra comes from the Gumbaynggirr place name Bawrrung.

* There will be a free regular shuttle bus between the Bowra Hotel and the racecourse on Saturday.

* There will also be a bus leaving Valla Beach at 10.15, stopping at Nambucca Heads RSL carpark (10.30) and Nambucca Heads Police Station (10.45) before continuing to Bowrwaville.

* Another bus will depart Stuarts Point at 10.15, stopping at Scotts Head Bowling Club (10.30) and Macksville Post Office (10.50).

* Buses will depart the racecourse at 5.30pm for the return trip.

And, talking of trips, here’s one down memory lane to last year’s event. We hope you enjoy it!