Archive 2011

December 2011

70’s & 80’s Rock Festival to be held at the Tuncurry Race Course, this history making festival headlining three great bands, the music we all grew up with – Dragon with such great hit singles as, GET THAT JIVE, STILL IN LOVE WITH YOU, ARE YOU OLD ENOUGH, and who will ever forget APRIL SUN IN CUBA. If that is not enough, as well featuring ROSS WILSON, singing some of his most memorable hits COME SAID THE BOY, COOL WORLD and one of the greatest – EAGLE ROCK.

This great music is being backed up by MAXIMUMGROOVE playing the best cross section of the 70’s and 80’s music that has ever been written.

This festival of music is being held at the Tuncurry racecourse on the 12th January, gates open at 5.00pm with five hours of unforgettable music which will bring back great memories of the 70’s & 80’s. Buses will be running, transporting from Forster and Tuncurry, food stalls with a large variety catering for all, cappuccino coffee and the licenced bar will be serving cold drinks.

We are going to rock the Great Lakes, tickets are on sale at Ticketek (02) 4929 1977 check out the website www.maximumgroove.com.au

See you down the track. Thanks, Garry.

November 2011

Well the race that stops a nation again has been run and won. Racing is a game of many chances and on the first Tuesday in November with twenty four starters lined up at the barriers, the anticipation is in the air, the starter climbs the ladder, they’re off, have you backed the right horse, has the trainer prepared the horse to be at his peak, is the jockeys judgment good enough, it all is now in the lap of the gods, what exciting finish did you pick the winner? Well done, the French could not win the Rugby World Cup, two years in a row, now they have our Melbourne Cup.

The Jockey Club took one hundred and thirty people to the Tuncurry movie theatre with wine and cheese tasting to see the movie premier of “The Cup” a story of Damien Oliver riding the winner of the Melbourne Cup “Media Puzzle” to victory two weeks after his brother died in a race fall, a truly touching story of a real life Australian event, the movie is well worth watching – 7 out of 10.

The Jockey Club brick layer Bob Gardner is doing a marvellous job laying the blocks for the toilet amenities at the track, he is now up on the scaffold laying the last four courses, Bob’s offsider Adrian Wood, the club’s Secretary, is having a crash course as a brickie’s labourer. Well done to these two very strong club members. A date to keep: A Garage Sale, 12th November at the Tuncurry Tennis Club, Capel St, Tuncurry on behalf of the Jockey Club is being held, if you wish to donate any items towards the sale please ring Marie 6555 2524.

As November draws to a close, so does the bricklayers’ work on the toilet block, Bob Gardner and Adrian Wood have donated their time and efforts seeing the block work complete on the Jockey Clubs new toilet amenities, well done to these two great volunteers, we thank you very much.

With coming events in the New Year, the committee and volunteers are going to be very busy. A history making first musical concert at the race course hill will be held on the 12th January, with three great bands – Maximum Groove, Ross Wilson (Mondo Rock) and Dragon. Gates open 5.30. Early Bird Tickets available from Ticketek (02) 4929 1977. Food and refreshments making for excellent entrainment for everyone, this will be a first of its kind in the Great Lakes, don’t miss out. Tickets available now.

On the 20th January the Jockey Club is holding a Monster Trivia night at the Tuncurry Bowling Club with prizes, raffles, with fun for everyone, so don’t miss the Jockey Club’s Monster Trivia night.

Preparation is underway for the Tuncurry-Forster Gold Cup racing at Tuncurry on the 10th March. Tuncurry-Forster Gold Cup is the biggest race day on the Jockey Club’s agenda, fashions on the field, fashion parade, VIP pavilion, gazebos, hot food, coffee, sandwiches, chips – everything for the whole family, even a cold refreshing drink for the Mums & Dad’s. Save these dates and we will see you down the track.

Good punting see you down the track. Garry.

October 2011

Wednesday 28th the Jockey Club held its AGM at the Tuncurry Bowling Club. Earlier in the year the committee welcomed two new committee persons, Marie Worley and Kevin Sheppard. These two new committee people have already shown that the new blood is proving very positive, taking on new tasks and adding enthusiasm. Fred Barton has accepted the role as an adviser to the Treasurer, Fred’s qualification in accountancy will be another bonus for the Jockey Club and very supportive for Treasure Peter Fairbank, whose task is very demanding. A seventh committee person was called from the floor, this proved to be unsuccessful. If you have been a member for at least one year and you would like to contribute, the Jockey Club would welcome your application as a committee person. As the President of the club I sincerely thanked all our volunteers for the hard work they do, I would like to thank one tradesman in particular who has contributed his time from the onset of this project, Brett Roberts who always is only one phone call away, well done Brett your help is invaluable.

The third race meeting for this year, 10th September was windy cool weather, with race acceptance the best the Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club has had. The track racing a dead (4) proved to be again the best wet weather track on the Mid North Coast. The club’s patrons on the day enjoyed the six race program with exciting finishes. The new front gate entrance worked extremely well and the six window TAB office proved to be a roaring success with all of the punters.

The Jockey Club is going to the movies on the 13th October to see “The Cup” the story of Damian Oliver winning the Melbourne Cup on race horse Media Puzzle two days after the race fall that killed his brother; this Australian movie has excellent reviews. The Jockey Club has a wine tasting organized by Wild Oats, cheese, nibbles, movie, tea, coffee and cake after the show all for $16 per head. Tickets are on sale now, this is a fundraiser to help build the ammoniates block at the track, so don’t miss out, book your ticket to this new release Aussie movie, ring Marg 65556586 or Chris 6554 9686 NOW! we need your support.

See you down the track. Thanks, Garry.

September 2011

Let’s Go Racing

10th September, the Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club is racing at the Tuncurry track. Shake off the winter blues, step into spring. A great day of racing is anticipated, the second running of the Tuncurry Mile, a six race program has been organized. A six window TAB office is up and running with nine monitors, supplying up to date pricing and a full accompaniment of bookmakers placing bets in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the local races – having a bet has never been easier. A large arrangement of food is on hand – steak sandwiches, ham rolls, pies, sandwiches, chips, cordial, tea, coffee and plenty of liquid refreshments for the Mums and Dads.

A raffle with a major prize of $3,000 worth of travel vouchers will be won and a $1,000 each for second and third. The Jockey Club has pulled out all stops to make this enjoyable day for the whole town, so jump on board a free bus out to the Tuncurry Track and have a great day.

Tickets are available at the Tuncurry Bowling from 3 to 6 pm

Pavilion tickets are $30 members $35 non members. All enquiries ring Marg 0429 967 823 or Chris 6554 9686.

The bus time table approx. every 30 mins from 11.00am.

Forster; Forster Keys, Stocklands, Lakeside Tavern, Stanley St near McDonalds, Lake St near Caltex and Little St opposite Hogs Breath.

Tuncurry; Tuncurry Bowling Club, Beach St near Bellevue, Cnr South & Bent, Manning St, Grandis Pde and Chapmans Rd

See you down the track good punting, Garry

August 2011

“Let’s Go Racing”

10th September the Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club is racing at the Tuncurry track. Shake off the winter blues, step into spring. A great day of racing is anticipated; with the second running of the Tuncurry Mile, a six race program has been organized. A six window TAB office is up and running with nine monitors supplying up to date pricing and a full accompaniment of bookmakers placing bets in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the local races. Having a bet has never been easier. A large arrangement of food is on hand – steak sandwiches, ham rolls, pies, sandwiches, chips, cordial, tea, coffee and plenty of liquid refreshments for the Mums and Dads.

A raffle with a major prize of $3,000 worth of travel vouchers will be won and a $1,000 each for second and third. The Jockey Club has pulled out all stops to make this an enjoyable day for the whole town, so jump on board a free bus out to the Tuncurry Track and have a great day.

Tickets are available at the Tuncurry Bowling from 3.00pm to 6.00 pm. Pavilion tickets are $30.00 members, $35.00 non-members. For all enquires ring Marg on 0429 967 823 or Chris on 6554 9686.

The bus time table is as follows – approx. every 30 mins from 11.00am.

Forster; Forster Keys, Stocklands, Lakeside Tavern, Stanley St near McDonalds, Lake St near Caltex and Little St opposite Hogs Breath.

Tuncurry; Tuncurry Bowling Club, Beach St near Bellevue, Cnr South & Bent, Manning St, Grandis Pde and Chapmans Rd

See you down the track, good punting, Garry.

July 2011

The consistent rain in the past months and the amount of horses racing on the Mid North Coast has proven too much for the Port Macquarie track, the Port track has been closed for three months. Kempsey’s closure a couple of years ago due to incorrect application of a herbicide is leaving only one TAB track in our region, Taree track is in good condition and racing well though the added pressure that may be put on this track now may prove too demanding. The Tuncurry-Forster track needs added infrastructure to be able to hold TAB meetings, we need to be able to tie up thirty more horses, a fourth steward tower and a upgrade of the jockey rooms.

Volunteers are the back bone of the Jockey Club, with preparation leading up to the next race meeting 10th September. Our new ticket box needed painting so Charlie DeBono was the first to put his hand up, two coats on the inside and out, great job Charlie. Every Tuesday and Friday the two Rays, Roy and Kevin pot hole the track after the horses have their morning work and who could forget our army of ladies who consistently support the Jockey Club in all of our actives.

The Ladies of the Jockey club are holding a fashion parade on Saturday 20th August to be held at the Tuncurry Tennis Club, Capel Ave Tuncurry, at 2 o’clock with raffles, lucky door prizes, afternoon tea and entry for only $5, for an enjoyable afternoon don’t miss the ladies’ fashion parade.

All memberships have been posted out and are returning by mail, if you wish you are able to return membership to the Tuncurry Bowling Club. The Jockey Club are there every Sunday afternoon selling raffle tickets in the $5,000 worth of travel vouchers to be drawn at the next race meeting 10th September.

See you down the track. Garry.

June 2011

Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club is racing on the 10th September. Since our last meeting the tradesmen have been very busy completing further infrastructure. The front gate ticket box is near complete, toilet block has started and the TAB office is well under way. Once these buildings are complete it is another milestone in seeing the track drawing closer to its full potential.

Club membership is due, the post out of the club’s renewal should arrive in the mail no later than July 31st, if you haven’t received your letter by the end of July, please ring Margaret 0429 967 823.

The Jockey Club is holding a raffle to be drawn at the next meeting September 10th. First prize is a $3,000 travel voucher, 2nd and 3rd prize are $1,000 travel vouchers each. These excellent travel vouchers are being supported by Travel World Forster. Members are being sent out two tickets each ( valued $5 each ). If the member sells their two tickets they go in a special draw for two nights in the Hunter Valley staying at the Potters Brewery valued at $460.00 donated by Travel World Forster. Click on www.pottersbrewery.com.au and have a look at this great weekend you may win just for being a member and selling your two tickets. If you wish, your membership and raffle tickets may be returned to the Tuncurry Bowling Club in a sealed envelope, otherwise post to the Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club, P.O Box 264 Forster.

The September 10th meeting will be holding a six race program, with the second running of the Tuncurry Mile and will be celebrating Father’s Day. There will be two hundred Father’s Day entry tickets available with participating businesses in the twin towns. The Jockey Club will have buses running all day and a free breathalyser at the track so that you may determine whether you should drive or catch the bus. If you have driven and you need to catch the bus home we will supply overnight parking so that everyone arrives safe, the Jockey Club working with the Police and the RTA to prevent drink driving.

See you all down the track. Garry.

May 2011

The success of an organisation is in the strength of those who wish to see it succeed, the Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club’s working committee and volunteers at the ANZAC Day races showed that they are going to carry the club to bigger and better things. A successful day of racing with everything working like clockwork, the rain stayed away and the crowed rolled in bus after bus until two thousand people had arrived.

The six race program started at 1:02pm prior to that the Australian light horse march past, lowering of the Australian flag with the reading of the Ode with the sounds of the Last Post in the background, every racegoer stood solemnly, to see the Australian Flag risen from half-mast to the applause of the crowd as the Australian National anthem sounded around the ground, it was a great way to start racing on ANZAC Day at the Tuncurry race course.

The Diggers’ Cup was the feature race of the day, ran over 1400m. Xaarmelody ridden by Dale Spriggs and trained by Glen Hodge of Port Macquarie, it was a very convincing win; half way down the straight Dale gave the horse a little more rein to win by two lengths. Jockey, owner and trainer all received a nice glass clock presented by the sponsor of the Diggers’ Cup, Barry Stamp principal of First National Real Estate Forster-Tuncurry.

The Jockey Club raffled five shares in a lovely three year old gelding to be trained by Terry Evans at the Tuncurry track. The winners are Jim Tobin (Forster), Steve Platt (Merewether), Valda Gills (Old Bar), Abigail Madden (Manly Vale), and Bev Barton (Forster). Also Alan Glynn of Dubbo won the members’ TV draw, congratulations to the winners and a big thanks to all those who brought tickets in the horse, the club sold 1400 tickets, the money raised will go towards the building of the toilet block.

See you all down the track. Garry.

March 2011

Well, the Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club’s VB Gold Cup Day with the main race being sponsored by Harvey World Travel has been run and won by Spike Spence trained by Ken Faulds, ridden by Jessica Payne. Before the horses went on to the track Ken was confident that he was going to win his second 2100m Gold Cup and that he did, in fine style, Jessica rode the horse to instructions for a convincing win. The six-race program was the most successful meeting the jockey club has held to date, with no rain to hinder proceedings. Unfortunately jockey Scott Thurlow’s mount Miss Goodrum dislodged Scott in the parade ring prior to the first race, Scott was taken to Manning Base Hospital with two broken collarbones and sternum, Scott is a seasoned jockey and will bounce back into the saddle, the jockey club wish you well Scott.

If the Gold Cup was not a big enough event the fashion on the field was enormous, with over one hundred contestants of some of the most elegant stylish ladies, gents and young couples to tread the catwalk, the fashion were outstanding with prizes totalling over $2,000. It would have been nice to see all entrees win a prize for the trouble they went to, congratulations to you all, looking towards the fashion on the field becoming bigger and better at our future cup meetings.

To see the all the locals enjoy themselves so much, catching up with old friends having a bet and a few beers, kids on the jumping castle, face painting, spray paint tattoos and lollies, what a great social event and family day it was. The Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club extends an invitation to you all for our next meeting on ANZAC Day 25th April, don’t miss the excitement and fun of racing.

Good punting see you down the track. Garry.

February 2011

The Tuncurry/Forster VB Gold Cup Day.

One of the largest social events in the Great Lakes area is all but here, the Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club Third Gold Cup meeting on the 12th March. Leading the way this year is the semi formal Dinner Dance to be held at the Tuncurry Bowling with nibbles on the table and a two course meal. All the way from Sydney to entertain you is the “One Woman Show” Liz Taylor, and dance the night away with music from the 50’s and 60’s preformed by De Ja Vu. This will also be an exciting night, one of ten business houses that have joined the Jockey Club new promotion the 1000 club will win the naming rights to the 2100m Gold Cup. Neither of these events should be missed, 4th March prelude dinner dance and the 12th March VB gold Cup race day. All tickets are on available on sale at the Tuncurry Bowling Club.

The Jockey Club is going forward in leaps and bounds, Racing NSW Country has just granted $20,000 for improvements to the infrastructure, Tuncurry Bowling club with Terry Green at the helm now, and the support of the St Johns Park board has given the Jockey Club a place we call home. The Jockey Club congratulate Terry Green on his new position as Secretary Manager, with a long and lasting relationship, the Jockey Club will now go a long way. Thanks Terry.

There are so many supporters, at times I just don’t believe the donation we receive, I told Doug Scutts that the Jockey Club need a few refrigerators, for the jockey and stewards rooms four required in all, Doug delivered, they are as good as new. Frank Gordon owner manager of Dyers Crossing Produce gave the Jockey Club a set of jockey scales last week worth $1,800. Its people’s help like this that will see the club prosper thanks Doug and Frank.

Good punting see you down the track. Garry.

January 2011

The Tuncurry/Forster Jockey Club is holding its third Carlton Gold Cup Day on the 12th March 2011. The club’s committee is going to extraordinary lengths to make sure that this meeting is the biggest and the best we have ever held. Friday 4th March the club is holding a dinner dance show night, with three-course meal, music, dancing and entertainment with the ladies dressed up to the nines and their partners in collar and tie, a night not be missed. Tickets on sale early February.

All Business Houses Should Read This

The committee is giving every business house in the Forster-Tuncurry area a chance to win the naming rights to the 2100m Gold Cup race. The winning sponsor will win naming rights, two tickets to the Dinner Dance, two tickets to the VIP tent with food and refreshments all day, half a page advertisement in the Great Lakes Advocate, full page advertisement in the Gold Cup race book, radio and television recognition, a sign near the winning post sized 1.5m x 2.4m advertising your business. This sign will stay there for the other two meetings (all year) then be taken down and placed on the advertising wall forever. An investment fee will be charged to be involved in this great promotion, A committee member will be visiting all businesses very soon, beforehand if interested please ring Garry on 0418 677 056.

A lot of our members bought roses and a plaque for the rose garden, which were planted on the running rail, the water system for the main track was spraying water over the roses, which roses do not like, consequently we have to shift the roses else where, more than likely when the front gate entrance is built they will be shifted to this position along with their plaques.

Good punting, see you down the track. Garry.