The Cobar Races has something of a ‘colt’ following and this year’s Autumn race meeting in May is promising to be bigger and better than ever with $80,000 in prizemoney up for grabs.
Cobar Miners Race Club (CMRC) president Jarrod Marsden said the total prizemoney on offer this year has doubled since 2018.
“It was $40,000 in 2018 to $52,000 in 2019 and now $80,000 this year.
“We now have a $20,000 prize cup, $15,000 sprint, $15,000 maiden and all other races have increased from $8,000 to $10,000,” Marsden said.
He said Racing NSW has gotten on board to be ‘a-filly-ated’ with CMRC.
“The extra prizemoney is being provided by Racing NSW as a one-off contribution to our ‘150 Years of Cobar’ celebrations,” Marsden said.
With Marsden once again holding the reins, the club has had a very ‘stable’ year.
He said as well as doing a lot of work to get the track up to peak condition, they are hoping further improvements to the venue will
be completed in time for the May race
Marsden said they are waiting on the outcome of a grant application the club has made for new toilets and he’s quietly confident the grant will be approved at the end of the month.
“It will be tight but we are pushing to have a new toilet block built in time for the May races meeting,” Marsden said.
The club has also applied for grant funding to be able to provide a catered tent for local farmers and businesses (through the Drought Resilience Fund) at the May meeting and to help purchase a life saving defibrillator.
Marsden was pleased to report the club has also secured a number of new sponsors for the race meeting.
“On top of our wonderful base of current sponsors, we are proud to have four more sponsors come on board to support us,” Marsden said.
As well as all the racing action at the May meeting, Marsden said they will also be offering food stalls and a coffee van, and off track entertainment with a jumping castle and a tiny tots play area for kids