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29 December, 2021

Gil to hold its first Country Showcase

Gilgandra is set to host their first ever Country Showcase race meeting to welcome in the new year.

By Emily Middleton

“It’s a big deal for us, so we’ll try put on the best show we can,” said Gilgandra Jockey Club president, Jason Tate.

“Again this time, we’re racing back-to-back, on a New Year’s weekend with Sunday being the showcase day with the Gilgandra Cup and Gilgandra Town Plate,” said Mr Tate.

Under the Country Showcase arrangements, races have prizemoney starting at $30,000, with the Gilgandra Cup worth $45,000. The Gilgandra Town Plate is worth $35,000.

“It’s a nine-race card, and a lot of prizemoney so, I’m expecting a lot of nominations and big trainers that nominate for that meeting.”

The races will have Sky Racing coverage live from the track, as well as a full bar, food, tab van, and a waterslide for the children.

“We are also having the traditional calcutta at the Sporties. We’ll have guest speaker Kiaarn Holland, a Sky One racing presenter, who hails from Gilgandra.”

Country Showcase meetings were launched in the 2016/17 season, and have since become a key part of the country racing landscape.

They are staged at difference tracks across the state, last year being at Coonamble.

“The showcase meetings provide excellent opportunities to focus greater attention on some of NSW’s emerging country cup meetings,” said Racing NSW's chief executive, Peter V’landys.

“Increases to minimum prizemoney and country showcase meetings come on top of the highly successful expansion of the championships to include country and provincial racing, and the implementation of highway races at most metropolitan Saturday meetings.

“These prizemoney increases, along with previous minimum prizemoney increases, have seen an increase in minimum Country TAB prizemoney of 110 per cent since 2012.”

The Gilgandra Country Showcase meeting will take place during the New Year’s racing events.

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