Archive 2008

December 2008

After a lot of deliberation and long talks with the Jockey Clubs committee and Racing N.S.W. Country, the Jockey Club has forgone the January 17th race meeting. After Minister Kevin Green granted the license, the Jockey Club knew that the time frame to build the infrastructure was going to be tight. The committee and myself worked hard to finish in time, though the club and the town have waited thirty years for this event, I suppose another eight weeks will not matter, especially to make sure all the boxes are ticked everything is completed and the day runs smoothly. Project manager for Racing N.S.W. Country Andrew Small, stopped over last Wednesday and was pleasantly surprised to see the progress that the Jockey Club has made already. All the concrete has been poured, brickwork is completed, steward towers are built and the roof is going on the betting ring. So our new date for the Jockeys Clubs first meeting is Saturday 14th March 09. The Jockey Club will have everything in place for this, the most successful race meeting.

The jolly fat chap with the red hat on is just around the corner, the Jockey Club was lucky enough for Santa to visit last Monday at the Taree races where the committee, myself and 112 patrons of the Jockey Club spent the afternoon of exciting racing. The traditional Christmas lunch was served, wine on the table and cheese plate followed. Santa arrived handing out bags of lollies to all the Ladies. A lot of lucky punters won lots of Christmas gifts from under the Christmas tree.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the Jockey Club Committee and Garry McQuillan.

November 2008

The Tuncurry/Forster Jockey Club held its A.G.M. Wednesday 22nd October 2008 with over 90 members attending the Sporties Club, this was a most successful meeting. Col Bakes took the chair while the committee vacated their positions and the elections took place. President; G McQuillan, Vice President; P Manning, Secretary; A Wood, Treasurer; D Buswell; Committee; M Anderson, T Milligan and B Rae. Ade Richards took minutes. Many thanks to Col Bakes and Ade Richards and all the best to the committee for the New Year. Committeeman Brett Fitzsimmons stood down due to work comments, Brett has agreed to act in an advisory roll, Brett input over the last two years has been valuable and I thank him very much for his efforts.

Work on track at the moment is in full swing, forming up and pouring concrete for the fifty horse tie-ups, wash bays, vet room, swab box and undercover betting ring. The bricklayers have constructed the winning post and the steward towers should start next week. The workers are flat out doing their best to have everything completed for our first race meeting 17th January 2009. If the work is not completed by this date the club will be allotted a new date to work towards.

The Jockeys Clubs Christmas race day party, to be held at the Taree track on the 8th December has only twenty tickets left, we have organised for everyone a great day of racing, lunch, wine, raffles, Santa Clause, presents and give a ways. Perce Paul the punter will be holding his punters club and he informs me that we all should be receiving a very nice Christmas Gift.

If you wish to purchase Jockey Club clothing, shirts and caps they are all on sale at the Golf Driving Range in the centre of the racecourse or ring Ray Freeman 6554 8313.

October 2008

The news that everyone has been waiting for, the Tuncurry/Forster Jockey Club now has a licence to conduct race meetings on the Tuncurry track. An official announcement was made by the Minister for Racing Kevin Greene on the 1st October 2008, that the Jockey Club has fore filled the requirements and has a licence to race on 17th January 2009.

The Tuncurry/Forster Jockey Club A.G.M is to be held this year on the Wednesday 22nd October at the Sporties Club Tuncurry, 7:00pm sharp. Anyone who is a member but not financial are unable to vote, membership will be accepted on the night from 6:00pm, to make things quick and easy please bring along your membership card. The committee and myself are looking forward to a large attendance.

I was invited to talk at the Great Lakes Evening view Club September 22nd, after showing the ladies some races and the Clubs DVD, I gave a quick talk on the Clubs position at the moment and selected the best Spring dress and hat, things were going along until fine until Ada and Elsie turned up late, both dress to kill, I left unscathed but Else had my phone number. I would like to thank Vice President Dianne Humphries, assistant secretary Pat Gregory and ladies for inviting me to their meeting, it was most enjoyable.

The track has just had one hundred cubic meters of chook litter spread, the weeds sprayed and the track is just starting to look a treat. The winning post and the betting ring have been surveyed and work will commence sooner than later.

Tony Wilson, the clubs Golf Professional has just set up Aqua Golf targets for ten years and under, sponsored by McDonalds of Forster. So kids come along and play Aqua Golf on the junior targets and win a prize. Tony’s golf repairs and lessons are the best, so to play your best, been shown by the best. Give Tony a ring 0410 959 786.

I know the Christmas race day at Taree on December 8th will be huge, so the Tuncurry/Forster Jockey Club are taking bookings now, don’t miss out. Ring Chris 6554 9686 or Garry on 6550 2123 for a great day of racing; giveaways, raffles and prizes to be won. See you down the track.

August 2008

Twelve months have rolled by, and membership renewals have been posted out and are coming back at a great rate, the Jockey Club has now over nine hundred members and growing stronger every day. If you wish to be a member of the Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club pick up a membership form at the Golf Driving Range, Tuncurry Bowling Club or Club Forster.

The Club has made a final submission to racing N.S.W. for our track to be licensed to race, we have been told that we strong support and in reality the minister Graham West will grant the licence. One thing at a time let us obtain the license and then set a date for the clubs first meeting. All of the plans have been completed and approved by council for the infrastructure to be built so that the club is able to hold its first non T.A.B meeting.

Last month seventy Club members went to the Taree races for a very successful day. This month August 22nd the Club is heading into Taree again for another day of racing. These days are very popular and the Club have already sold eighty one of the one hundred twenty tickets that are available, so don’t miss out, $40 is very cheap for such an enjoyable day out, transport in and out of Taree, ticket in the gate, races book, two course hot lunch, wine on the table and plenty of give a ways and prizes between races. For tickets ring Garry 6550 2123 or Chris 6554 9686.

May 2008

If success is measured by results, the Tuncurry /Forster Jockey Club’s Trivia night was an overwhelming success. A crowd of two hundred and eighty people, a cross section of the community, arrived at Club Forster to support the Jockey Club’s first Monster Trivia Night. Players ranged in age from eighty-four to eighteen, with the first question being asked at 7.20pm to the final result being poster at 10.55pm with the winning team named “Major Luck.” The winning table won $200 plus 5% of the nights takings that were donated to their favourite charity the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Over forty local business donated gift vouchers and prizes to be raffled on the night. We held a silent auction, raising over two thousand dollars of memorabilia photos, and as usual the club came up with the unique idea, name the obscure object, no body named the four articles, only three people came close naming three, with the eventual winner being Barry Lorring. The very capable M.C. Marshall Loadsman added so much polish to the night and quizmaster Brad Ray arrangement of question was superb. All had a great night; once again I thank committee, volunteers and working ladies for a job well done.

Last Sunday Head Steward of N.S.W. Racing Ray Murihy called in to the Tuncurry Track to meet with the clubs committee. Ray is a very strong supporter of the club and was very keen to see our progress to date. Walking the track and agreeing on the positions of the steward towers to be erected. Ray’s thoughts regarding the Jockeys rooms and observation area are very well advance for a country track. Rays advice was to keep heading in the same direction and the clubs future is assured.

The next outing for the Jockey club, we will be going racing in Taree on the 22 nd July and the 22 nd August. Forty dollars per person, gives you return bus trip, entrance to the track, race book, two-course lunch with wine on the table and cheese platter to finish. So come and enjoy a great day of racing with the Tuncurry/Forster Jockey Club, tickets are on sale now ring Garry 6550 2123 or Chris 6554 9686.

April 2008

Horse racing can make dreams come true. Last week when the Taree trained Heavenly Glow first won the group one Arrowfield stakes and then backed up on Wednesday for another Group one Australian Oaks winning in convincing fashion, Taree trainer and part owner Ross Stitt has his sights set on the Queensland Oaks in three weeks time. This Filly costing only $10,000 is now valued as a broodmare well over a Million Dollars. Part owners David Barber, Bill Rollings, Mrs D Huges and Ross Stitt believe they have been kissed by a fairy. All the best to the Heavenly Glow syndicate, keep winning races and we will keep backing your wonderful horse.

The inches and inches of rain that fell over our region in the past weeks never stopped training on the magnific Tuncurry racecourse, such a well-drained track. Drew Smith the head Steward for mid coast racing visited the Tuncurry track last week to position the steward towers for construction, for a full T.A.B. meeting the club needs to erect four towers around the course. Drew also had a final look at the plans that council have approved and gave his thumbs up and a pat on the back of the Tuncurry/ Forster Jockey Clubs Committee for placing the club in such a strong position.

Nothing comes easy; we still have a lot of work to do. Fund raising is just as important as ever, the clubs is holding a Trivia Night at Club Forster on the 24th May, starting at 7 o’clock. We need every ones support, $10 per head ten people per table, arrange a table and pay the $100 at club Forster and receive your ten tickets, cut the entry form out of the Advocate, its that easy. We are holding a silent auction, the most sort after framed photo is of Clive Churchill signed by himself, this man is the full back of the century, I do believe that this photo will sell very well for the club.

March 2008

The Tuncurry / Forster Jockey Club had to abandon the extraordinary meeting set down for the 3rd April 2008, due to a clerical mistake. We regret any inconvenience to our members and hope you all understand, the new meeting has been set down for the 23rd April, 7.00 pm at the Tuncurry Bowling Club Tuncurry.

The Jockey Club went racing at Taree last week; eighty-five of us all arrived by bus having one of the best day of racing. Local Tuncurry trainer Stu Phegan and his brother Dan trained a double with Spectacular Lyen an eight-year-old maiden, jockey by Dale Spriggs paying $7.90 and Tippoff won the sixth race paying $3.80. Tippoff jockey Dale Spriggs rode four winners on the day. Dale son Blake Spriggs ran second to Tippoff on a horse called Sixty Watt, after the race in the saddling enclosure, I asked Dale was he worried about his sons horse in the straight, Dale said “I was just teaching him a lesson”. Paul purse the punter had a winning day for the punters club, out laying $400 on the favourite in the last race Sequent ridden by the master Robert Thompson, Sequent landed the money paying $3.20, all of our members had a lovely return for their out lay. Every one had a very enjoyable day, all wanting to know when the next trip to Taree Races is on next.

The Tuncurry Jockey Club is holding a Monster Trivia night on the 24th May 08 at Club Forster in the Galaxy Room Starting at 7 pm. The Jockey Club is looking for support from the community; this is your chance to put together a table of ten people to see who has the smartest table in town. Every one is more than welcome, Bowling Clubs, Sporting Clubs, Retail Shops, Chemist, Fast Food, Banks, Motel, Hotel, Caravan Parks every one. If on the night you are unable to put ten people together come along and we will match you up with a team, you wont believe the fun and novelties to be held on the night. The cost per ticket is $10 per head and you can purchase from Club Forster or phone Garry 65502123 or Chris 65549686.

February 2008

Things are nearly back to normal, EI is over, but you still need travel permits, horses are travelling freely in and out the red and purple zones, mares and their foals are now coming home from Scone after last years breeding season. This is three months later than normal and has cost breeders thousands of dollars in extra agistment fees, but don’t worry the government will compensate $1000 for the first mare and $500 for every mare after that, to those breeders, I suppose something is better than nothing.

Horses and trainers are also are back at the Tuncurry Track and it is business as usual. Jeff Quinland has the ball rolling, winning the first at Taree a week ago with Storm Cat Academy then on Friday 7th Pip and Dave Callaghan won the first at Port Macquarie with Fang, the next race the Phegan Bros won with Tippoff it is just great to see the Tuncurry trainers doing so well keep up the good work.

On the February 15th myself and vice president Paul Manning held a very successful meeting with N.S.W. Racing regarding the building of our infrastructure and most important our first race date. A week later we meet with Mayor John Chadban and Deputy Mayor Jan McWilliams. At this meeting we explained the conditions that N.S.W. Racing required. Within the next two weeks I am sure a final date to all our hard work will be announced, I can nearly smell success.

How is your golf swing? Tony Wilson the Swing Doctor, is ready and willing to correct the little things about your golf game. Give Tony ring 0410 959 786. The Golf Driving Range has brought 5000 new white balls that will bring out the professional in you, so come on down to the Tuncurry Race Track to our Golf Driving Range and enjoy 50 balls for only $5.00

Last week some one removed the clubs whipper snipper from the machinery shed, thank you very much that will cost the club at $350 to replace it, unless someone has a spare whipper snipper or one that may work after a bit of repairs.

I must thank all of our volunteers for the help over the holiday break and the ongoing job that they do to keep the Golf Driving Range up and running. If you would like to donate only FOUR HOURS a month as a volunteers for the Jockey Club please ring Chris Manning 6554 9686

January 2008

To all of our members, volunteers and supporters, the committee, and I hope that you all had a very Merry Christmas and having a Happy New Year. My new year’s resolution is defiantly to back more winners than last year, which should not be hard.

Have you seen the racecourse lately, in the last week of November, the Jockey Club, had the track fertilized, and with the humid steamy weather the grass on our track has never looked better.

Our trainers are starting to appear at the track again, the Pheagen Bros, Dave and Pip Callaghan and Beatrice Godbolt a new trainer from Taree. Beatrice has been a track rider at Taree for the last fifteen years and is a very accomplished horsewoman, has just recently taken a trainers licence with early success, Beatrice was amazed of the quality of the Tuncurry /Forster track, She said she will return.

The Golf Driving Range is ready and in full swing for the school holidays. The aqua golf tee-off area has been extended with more ground mats and one thousand aqua balls have been purchased. The best piece of equipment that we have acquired is the golf driving range ball picking up machine, this saves so much time and every ones back. I must thank everyone who in the past picked up balls by hand, job well done. The Rural Home Loan jackpot of one hundred and five dollars went off Monday 17th December, was a great shot, performed by Matt Vannucci. Matt was holidaying in the Great Lakes, with three of his friends and visited the golf driving range, where he was successful playing Aqua Golf. Hope to see many more Hole In Ones achieved over the school holidays. Thanks to our sponsor Rural Home Loans.

Thanks to Max Williams publican of the Lakes And Oceans Hotel, Max kindly donated fifty chairs and twenty-two stools to the Jockey Club. These will be very handy for now and in the future. Thank to all that have supported the Jockey Club and our Golf Driving Range, our year has been very fruitful with a lot more major results for the year 08. All the best and good punting in the New Year.

Look towards January the 18th at the Tuncurry race track we will be holding twilight track work at 5.30pm all jockeys will be in colours and horses in full work, a great spectacle.

Also January 31st we are going racing at Taree don’t miss out limited numbers phone Garry 0418677056.