Archive 2009

October 2009

The Tuncurry/Forster Jockey Club this week received a great boost of confidence from Racing N.S.W Country. We are now the owners of a sixteen gate barrier. They were sent from Coffs Harbour to the Tuncurry Club courtesy of Racing N.S.W Country. This demonstrates the confidence that Racing N.S.W Country has in the Tuncurry/Forster Jockey Club and reassures my belief that Racing N.S.W Country has in the Tuncurry Club. This set of barriers is in the best of condition and is a major asset for our club.

Come March 13th 2010 there is nothing less I would love to see is for our Cup race, the whole sixteen gates fly open, what a great sight, sixteen thoroughbreds thundering down the main straight past the winning post for the first time heading of on their 2100mtr journey. This race could be rather unique and much sort after prize, a major draw card on the racing calendar, bringing horses and trainers from near and far, which will relate to more revenue for the twin towns of Forster/Tuncurry.

The Jockey Club held its A.G.M on the 17th of September. The result was as predicted, with all of the committee being returned, Treasurer Dick Buswell stood down due to ill health, the committee according to the model rules were able to call for a new treasurer, Peter Fairbank responded and was elected unopposed. Dick and his lovely wife Joyce, did a great job helping the club find it’s feet, both Dick and Joyce will always be available to help when necessary, thank you to you both.

The Club is off to the races at Taree on the 27th October for another fun filled day of racing, already selling sixty five tickets, that leaves thirty five to go, so don’t miss out, this will be the second last time this year, the last for the year is our Christmas party at Taree on the 7th December. If requiring tickets please ring Marg on 6550 2123 or Chris 6554 9686.

All the best, good punting, I will see you down the track.

August 2009

The Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club has had a very busy August, taking one hundred people to the Taree prelude Cup race meeting, once again proving to be a roaring success, Paul Perce the punter was off to a flying start backing the first winner for the punters club, but is all down hill from there until the last were again he snagged the last winner, shouts of joy the punter’s were back on track going home with there stake after a very enjoyable day. These days are so popular, the next scheduled race date at Taree 27th October tickets are on sale now, ring Marg 6550 2123 or Chris 6554 9686. Dont Miss Out.

How about Gwen Stonham and her band of garage sale women, these ladies held a garage sale at the Twin Town Tennis Courts for the Jockey Club raising over $1,100. All of the woman that were involved in the setting up and selling of the goods I personally thank you all very much, those that supported the garage sale, I thank as well. I had a whisper from a horse or was it a Brumby the cake stall sold out early, Gwen informs me that they would like to make this an annual event, well done ladies, thumbs up.

All of the A.G.M letters are now posted out, to be held 27th October at the Tuncurry Bowling Club starting at 7 o’clock shape. Unfinancial members may attend though they may not vote. The Jockey Club ladies will be set up at 6:15pm ready to take any of your annual membership fees and selling the inaugural race day DVD for $10 well worth viewing, starting with the dredging of the track to our first race day.

See you all down the track and good punting.

July 2009

The Jockey Club is full steam ahead, all of the membership renewals have been sent out and returned and the Club is now just on 1300 strong with members, this alone tells me that how much the people of the Great Lakes desire racing in our area. At the present time Racing N.S.W. has granted the club only one meeting per year, they also informed the Jockey Club that will change in the future. Our next meeting will be held the same time as last year 13TH MARCH 2010.

The first inaugural meeting is now on DVD. This piece of history is called THE DREAM and well worth watching, with footage of dredging of the track, news updates from the 80’s, the first picnic meeting, construction, opening ceremony, the day’s races and a photo’s of the large crowd enjoying the day, this DVD is on sale for only $10. The DVD can be obtained from the Golf Driving Range or ring Garry on 6550 2123 postage not included.

Last Sunday the Jockey Club held a thank you BBQ for all of the volunteers that for the last three years worked at the Golf Driving Range, as all volunteers what a great bunch of people, unfortunately not all were able to be there on the day, but once again I say thank you to this great band of people who has helped the Jockey Club become a strong as we are.

The Clubs AGM is just around the corner, 17th September to be held at Tuncurry Bowling Club, the letters are being drafted and will be sent out very soon. The very hard working Gwen Stonham is organising a GARAGE SALE to be held at the Twin Town tennis courts on the 23rd of August, any person wishing to contribute to the sale please give Gwen a ring 6554 7528.

Good punting and I will see you down the track, Garry

June 2009

The committee has leased the golf Driving Range to Tony Wilson and Lisa Howard. There could not be a better man to take over the reins of the driving range, Tony knowledge of that age old game is second to none. Better known as the Swing Doctor, sales, service, lessons and ball rentals there is no better person in the district to be in touch, so give Tony and Lisa a ring 0410 959 786.

The Jockey Club Committee volunteers and myself wish Tony and Lisa all the very best in the future.

The Golf Driving Range for the last three years has been the life blood of the Jockey Club and none of this would have been at all possible without our wonderful volunteers, without these people the Tuncurry / Forster Jockey Club would have never reached its first mile stone, the first race meeting. A very big thanks goes to Chris Manning, Chris has organized the rosters for the golf Driving Range every month for the last three years, it is people like this, why racing will be very successful at the Tuncurry Track. Over the last three years more than fifty people have given their time, the Club will be holding a thankyou BBQ on the hill in August, volunteers are more than welcome.

The club has been very busy with fund raising activities. The Monster Trivia Night held recently was an enormous success, with the outright winning team, being the Boxsell’s.

The Club has just planted forty rose bushes along the running rail inside the parade ring, if you would like to buy a bush, the club will put a plaque with your name on it for $20, this is just another way to support the Jockey Club. On the11th August the Jockey Club will be taking 120 people to the Taree Cup prelude meeting where a good time will be had by all, tickets are on sale and selling well, so don’t miss out ring Chris 6554 9686 or Marg 6550 2123. On the 23rd of August a monster garage sale will be held at the Tuncurry Tennis Courts, any goods that you may wish to contribute please ring Gwen Stonham 65547528.

The Jockey Club will be in front of the Manning Shoe Store Wharf St Forster on Crazy Day selling T-Shirts, caps, membership and a chance to sponsor a rose bush in the parade ring.

All the best, good punting see you down the track.

May 2009

The wet weather caused the Jockey Clubs cancellation of our race day in Taree on the 21st April. The Club Committee is now working towards our annual Monster Trivia Night, held at Club Forster on the 13th June in the Galaxy Room. This is a night not to be missed. Giveaways, Prizes, Mystery Moment and a silent auction. $10 per person 12 people per table and forty tables for sale so don’t miss out. At our Trivia night if everything goes well we will have available the DVD of the inaugural race meeting. This will be a piece of history well keeping.

The good news for the Jockey Club is that Racing NSW has asked us to put the plans on the table to build the amenities block. The plans were submitted last week and now we have to wait and see how things progress with country racing development fund, if country racing is able to help us in any way this will be a great step forward for the Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club.

Now the first meeting is over and the dust has settled, the committee and myself have taken a deep breath and a well earned rest, we are about to throw the saddle back on and start a bit more needed work around the track. The track has just received another large dose of fertilizer to take us through the winter months, this will bring us into the spring looking good for the summer and our next schedule race meeting. The two Ray’s have told me that they going help with the upkeep of the parade ring, planting of roses, pruning, mowing, weeding and watering. Once again well done to the two Ray’s. If everyone dose a little, it adds up to a lot.

All the trainers, track riders and strappers are working well at the track, the gap being supervised by Rick, by all reports Rick has the track in magnificent condition. The Phegan brothers won the Merriwa Cup last Saturday with Rolling Rich, well done boys keep up the good work. I will see you all Down The Track.

April 2009

Well the big day finally arrived, and that is just what it was, a big day for the twin towns of Tuncurry/Forster. We are now racing and how good was the first meeting? Lovely weather, a Scottish band, the Carlton horses, Australian lighthorse and the dignitaries from racing NSW. I have not had one person complain, everyone had the time of their life and were so pleased, that we are now racing in the Great Lakes. Small things like maybe more shade in the future, refreshment lines a bit slow, but on the whole, everyone said they had a great time and you were all involved in a piece of history as the chairman of racing NSW Allan Brown said this may be the first race course to be opened in the last eighty to one hundred years, it has been that long no one is sure when the last track was opened.

The traffic flow, the free bus travel, cars parking in the middle of the track, all worked so well and you the people who made up the large crowd you were all terrific, everyone in the mood to enjoy racing and having a good time. One person told me it was like a giant reunion, people who had left our towns in the past returned for a day that we all have been waiting for thirty years. Well, that was the first, but with more to come January 10th 2010 is our next meeting. Our committee is meeting next week and we are going to make the next better than the first, anyone with constructive thoughts please e-mail them to our web site this is the community race track and we would like you to have your input so join in and drop us a line or write to Tuncurry/Forster Jockey Club PO Box 264 Forster NSW 2428.

History was made the Tuncurry / Forster Gold was run and won by Ace Arena, trained by Ken Faulds and ridden by Danny Peisley. The Oyster Sprint was won by Saltram, trained by Stuart Phegan, ridden by Dale Spriggs. The first official race to be every held at the Tuncurry track was won by Feng, trained by Pip Callaughan, ridden by Marlon Dolendo.

None of this would have been possible if the help of all the volunteers over the years at the Golf Driving range, in the construction of the infrastructure and the volunteers that helped on the day we raced. My committee and myself thank you all for your help and faith that one day we would race in Tuncurry.
The Clubs activities are still on going, we will be off to the races in Taree in the near future and in May we will be holding our trivia night again that was so successful last year.

January 2009

4 WEEKS TO GO For the biggest social event to be held in Tuncurry / Forster in years.

The long awaited first race meeting at the Tuncurry Track is drawing nearer (14th March 2009). Construction is going along just fine, with all the roof trusses for the fifty horse tie ups in place, swab box, vet room, washdown bays and Judges box. By the second week in February the colourbond roofing should be secured in place. The grass for the parade ring has been cut and laid, with the thanks of a team of volunteers and Garlands Turf Supplies. The communication from the steward’s room to the Judges box and the coaxial cable will be installed for the DVD recording of the races. The steps up to the viewing towers will be installed early into next week.

The Jockey Club has decided to pre-sell race day tickets, being one of the largest social events ever to be held in the Twin Towns of Tuncurry / Forster, we need to pre-sell tickets for this event, so that we cover all bases food, refreshments, shade tents, seats, traffic and crowd control. Tickets will be sold from a shop in Wharf St Forster and Manning St Tuncurry on Wed, Thur, Fri, and Saturday morning. Cost per member is $10 per head and non members $15.The club is selling only 3000 tickets so don’t miss out, the ticket holder will receive free bus travel to and from the track within the Tuncurry/Forster area.

There will be a Trial day on Friday 6th March at 4pm for Racing NSW to see all the infrastructure is working. Light refreshments will be available on the trial day.

One more year has rolled over and finally the fate of the Tuncurry / Forster Jockey Club is now concreted in place, to be one of the most favourable racecourses on the Mid North Coast.

The Jockey Clubs committee and band of volunteers are working very hard towards our first race date March 14th 2009.

The infrastructure is well underway, with the betting ring completed, day stables, wash bays, vet rooms will be finished this month along with the finishing post and judges box. The retaining wall for the parade is finished thanks to the hard working Barry Pfister and his team of men, now waiting for the turf to be cut and laid. Great efforts have been made by tradesmen, bricklayer Dave Barber, electrician Brett Roberts, Charlie Debono and Peter Emerton for painting, plumber Chad Taylor, carpenter Grant Gardner, excavations Bob Cliff and son his Adam, surveyor Steve Whiteman, concretors Mick Perry and his band of merry men, Craig Cross rending and scaffold and all rounder Brian Meaker your efforts will not be forgotten.

The Golf Driving Range and Aqua golf that is found in the middle of the racecourse has been so busy that three and four volunteers helping out each shift every day. The Golf professional Tony Wilson who is on hand for lessons, sales repairs and advice. If you want to be the best call the best Tony 0410 959 786.

On the 14th January for the volunteers of the GDR at 4pm a BBQ will be held at the new betting ring on top of the hill, please R.S.V.P Chris Manning 6554 9686.

On behalf of my committee, volunteers and myself, I thank you all for your support and faith and wish each and every one a very happy, health and wealthy new year.

Good punting to you all.