Ready for racing

FIRST PAST THE POST: Cooee March, ridden by Michael Heagney, charges home in the Rivcott Cup. Photos: Declan Rurenga
FIRST PAST THE POST: Cooee March, ridden by Michael Heagney, charges home in the Rivcott Cup. Photos: Declan Rurenga

Carrathool Jockey Club will host its 137th annual race meeting with the iconic Carrathool Races taking place on Saturday, February 29.

Known as the "best of the boughshed races", the annual event swells the population of the tiny town to at least five times its regular size.

The "boughshed" refers to branches cut from nearby boree or gum trees - traditionally by all of the jackaroos and jillaroos living in the Carrathool district - that provide shade and protection from the sun.

Carrathool Jockey Club president Scott Dixon said preparations are well in hand for another cracking race day.

"The iconic Carrathool Races have an outback flavour, showcasing true bush racing and country atmosphere without travelling long distances," Mr Dixon said.

"The bar and betting area are aptly covered in boree boughs and shade cloth to shelter race-goers from the summer sun.

"Don't forget to bring your sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat - all essential accessory items for the day. The weather is usually warm, with a chance of experiencing a dust storm, rain and of course, flies."

Gates will open at 11am and entry is $20 per person.

Marquees are a great way to accommodate a group of friends at the races, with some still available for this year's event. For further information contact annabelryan86@gmail.com.

The six-race program has in the past attracted horses from a vast area, from Menindee to Tumbarumba, Bendigo to Swan Hill, Wagga to Albury and Tumut to Griffith.

Prize money for the day is $65,000 with the feature race being the Rivcott Cup

The day will also include live entertainment in the form of Wagga's Wobbly Boot, who will provide music at the track from dusk until 11pm when gates close.

Camping is available at the track.

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