December 2012

The chap in the big red suit is heading towards the Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club, with a successful year of racing behind the club and 2013 sponsorship packages now on offer we thank the 2012 sponsors and we welcome all our new 2013 sponsors who have joined our team. I must thank the club’s major sponsor Tuncurry Bowling Club, not only a headquarters for the Jockey Club to work out of, the Bowling Club is the Jockey Club’s major contributor in sponsorship, along with many other local businesses. I am very pleased to announce the latest business to come on board, purchasing high profiled “Strapper Jackets, Saddle Cloths” and a sign on the running rail “Lumpy’s Landscaping of Chapman’s Rd Tuncurry.

The Jockey Club held a volunteers’ BBQ last week after the previous week was cancelled due to inclement weather. These marvellous people are the backbone of the Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club, always ready to lend a hand from pot holing the track after track work or making sandwiches on race day to selling cold drinks, pies or stacking the coolroom for race day, their efforts are above and beyond.

The Club’s next race meeting is the 19th January “Sea Food Race Meeting” selling Wallis Lake oysters, prawns and the Wallis Lake Fishermen’s Co-op BBQing fish. With limited numbers of tickets for the Pavilion it would be advisable to make your bookings sooner than later, ring Marg 0429 967 823.

The clubs needs beach umbrellas for the January meeting , if you have a beach umbrella that is not wanted please ring Garry on 0418 677 056.

I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the committee of the Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club.

September 2012

I would say our last meeting was undoubtedly the most successful meeting the Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club has held to date. The weather was perfect with a light north easterly breeze blowing making the conditions very comfortable for a great day of racing. A six race program, with full fields of horses adding to the excitement. Local trainer Terry Evans ran the quinella in the second race with “Kypria” winning the race ridden by the talent stable jockey Dan Edmonds close at his girth was “Miss January” ridden by Apprentice Clare Pettigrew.

The feature race was the running of the “Tuncurry Mile” over 1600m, winning trainer Nick Chambers with his well prepared “Midgy Gharrat” ridden by the premiership winning jockey Peter Graham at the juicy odds of 10/1, the winning connections all received engraved lead crystal vases, well done to all the winning connection, as the manager of the winning syndicate said in his acceptance speech the “Tuncurry Mile” will be a most sought-after race to win in the coming years.

None of the achievements of the Jockey Club would ever be reached if it wasn’t for the dedication of the club’s volunteers. Thanks to you all and well done. The club’s next meeting is set for January 19th 2013, we will be holding a Sea Food Race Day, don’t miss it.

The Club’s annual raffle was won by Darcey Newton, second prize went to Margaret Clissold .The Robert Oatly Wine winner was Les Cheers, thank you to all those who bought tickets in the club’s raffles.

To finish the day, unfortunately the club’s flags were stolen from the front gate entrance of the Jockey Club, these flags are expensive and were ripped down from their mountings, if anyone knows of their whereabouts we would be most appreciative if they were returned.

Good punting, see you down the track, Garry.

August 2012

The 15th September is the Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club’s next race meeting, the running of the “Tuncurry Mile”. This 1600m race is the feature race of the day and is a great spectacle; the horses jump and have a 600m run to the first turn around the large sweeping bend, topping the straight with a 400m run to the finish post. The winning trainer, jockey and connection each receive a lovely engraved lead crystal vase, plus pocketing the winning purse. The Tuncurry Bowling Club is sponsoring the running of the “Tuncurry Mile”.

The Jockey Club is holding a six race program with thanks to our other sponsors, TJL Business Advisors, Phil Picone bookmaker, Century 21 your agent in Forster, and Forster Private Hospital. The Pavilion is selling well, with limited tickets available. A “Spring Garden Party” theme, jazz music and champagne flowing – what a great way to shake off the winter blues. Free bus travel. For all enquiries log on to www.tfjc.info

The Jockey Club’s AGM was held on the 15th August at the Tuncurry Bowling Club starting at 7 o’clock. All positions were declared vacant and the chair was passed to the President of the Bowling Club Mr Paul Norris. Mr Norris declared the Committee positions were filled unopposed, congratulated the new Committee and passed the chair back to President Garry McQuillan. Garry thanked Mr Paul Norris and the Tuncurry Bowling Club for their support and ongoing sponsorship into the future. Garry also advised that the Jockey Club was to see racing at the Tuncurry track blossom in the near future.

Good punting, see you down the track, Garry.

July 2012

The Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club’s AGM is to be held on Wednesday 15th August at the Tuncurry Bowling Club, starting at 7:00pm sharp, all Members are welcome, Members who are not financial may attend though are unable to comment on any subject. To be a financial Member of the Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club is only $10.00 per year, all of these financial Members in the future will benefit once all the major buildings and infrastructure are all in place.

Membership renewals were posted out two weeks ago with the annual raffle – two great prizes are on offer, a bar fridge with fifty bottles of wine and/or $1,000 travel voucher. All renewals may be posted back or dropped off at the Tuncurry Bowling Club or Golf Driving Range (in the middle of the Tuncurry race course) in sealed envelopes.

The wet weather has affected all race courses Statewide with cancellation of race meetings costing Jockey Clubs a large amount of revenue. The July carnival held annually over seven days at Grafton was very fortunate to miss the inclement weather, racing on a very well grassed surface. The time honoured “Ramornie Handicap” ran over 1200m was won by Howmuchdoyouloveme trained by Con Karakatsanis and ridden by jockey B. Avdulla. The Grafton Cup run over 2350m was won by “Shamardashing”, with the last race of the day being the “Sir James Kirby Handicap” run over 1000m won by “Norocos”.

If you wish to keep up to date with all racing events on the Mid North Coast and State wide, listen to the Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club’s “Latte Lady”, keeping us up to date with all the racing information, tips, and selections, so tune into the Latte Lady every Saturday at 7.30am on 2RE.

Good Luck and good punting, see you down the track, Garry.

June 2012

As the Jockey Club moves into the new financial year, membership forms and AGM notices are being posted out. After strong discussion with Racing NSW in May regarding the future of the Tuncurry track, TAB status is just around the corner, with new infrastructure to be built and completed. The Committee of the Jockey Club is committed to loyal financial Members and volunteers who have had faith and confidence to support the vision of thoroughbred racing at the Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club track. These financial Members will benefit greatly, so when your membership form arrives in the mail please secure your position as a Jockey Club Member. Membership will always be available at an amended price in the future, membership forms can be found at www.tfjc.info

Once there was Clarence the Clocker and the tipping Tea Lady and now we have the Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club’s very own – every Saturday morning from 7.30 am on 2RE the “Latte Lady” with her weekly racing updates from the Mid North Coast. One special tip you should follow on the day, so hop on the best of the day with Mrs Latte.

Racing is a very social event, if you haven’t had the opportunity to go racing at the Tuncurry track we are now preparing to be rid of the winter blues, September 15th 2012. Start organising your party now, Pavilion tickets are available, so ring Marg on 0429 967 823. Future race dates are 19th January and the 2nd March 2013 (Cup Day).

I am sad to say we have lost one of the Club’s original hard-working volunteers, Harley Gregory. Harley was one of the first to help the Jockey Club kick off the Golf Driving Range, always selling raffle tickets and full of words of good advice. Harley was a special man, will be missed by all, the Club’s good wishes go to Pat Gregory and family in this sad time.

April 2012

The ANZAC day race meeting was flooded in sunshine, after one week of the heaviest rain, the Tuncurry track receiving nearly twelve inches came through with flying colours, the most successful ANZAC Day race meeting the Jockey Club has held. A very entertaining local five race program backed up with Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, ten bookmakers and the TAB betting on the locals and interstate all vying for the punters’ money, with some nice results going the punters’ way. The feature race of the day was the “Diggers Cup” ran over 2100 meters sponsored by Wallis Lake Fishermen’s Co-Operative. Jockey Peter Graham rode “Galliano Bay” a very determined effort to hold off closing opposition to win by the shortest of margins, well done Peter and trainer Graeme Shultz.

As the Jockey Club goes forward with ever growing local business sponsorship, stronger volunteer base, a track proving it may handle all conditions and local patronage supporting racing at Tuncurry-Forster the club’s future looks ever brighter, until our next race meeting Saturday September 15th 2012, good punting I will see you down the track.

Garry McQuillan.

March 2012

The Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club Gold Cup meeting held on the 10th March, this meeting was as successful as we have ever held. Not a cloud in the sky, a gentle north east breeze to take the edge off the heat of the day. The Gold Cup was won by Bindifield, Matthew Robinson was the trainer from Taree and skilfully ridden by Marlon Dolendo, Marlon has just returned to racing from a kidney transplant six months ago, a wonderful effort by a courageous and very talented jockey. The 2100m Gold Cup is fast becoming a much sought-after trophy on the racing calendar with prize money of $10,000 and three gold goblets on offer.

This year’s fashion parade was brilliant, fashion supplied by Ballistic Chix, Contempo, Iguana, Margo’s Fashions, Village Boutique and Yarads Menswear. The fashion on the field was hotly contested with magnificent flowing designs with the very glamorous and most elegant lady was Casey Verdith being the major winner of the day. The Zumba girls from Sweat Shed set the tempo with their Latin American sensual rhythmic movements. The Club’s raffle was won by David Ruttley with Colleen Algate picking up second prize. The bookmakers, punters, the socialising and party goers all had a wonderful day of racing.

Racing at the Tuncurry track is fast becoming the place to be, with racing being one of the most social events you will ever attend, so if you have never been before or you go all the time, it’s on again ANZAC Day 25th April come along with the gates open at 12 o’clock and the first race is approximately 1.30, free buses and $5 entry to non-members. Services people and aged pensioners free.

See you down the track. Thanks Garry.

February 2012

The Jockey Club is holding a dance night at the Tuncurry Bowling on the 25th February, guest speaker is Ray Murrihy, Head Steward of Racing NSW. Ray in his pork pie hat is one of the most stand out figures in the modern racing era. Ray will be interview by our very own 2RE’s Murray Nelson, with an interview not to be missed, interesting stories to be told and questions from the floor. Come along, meet Ray hear his point of view, this will be a enjoyable night concluding with the 70’s & 80’s dance music of DE JA VU, starting at 7.30 pm, tickets on sale at the Tuncurry Bowling Club only $10 per person.

Two weeks later the Jockey Club will be holding the fourth Gold Cup meeting on the 10th March, committee and volunteers working hard for the clubs biggest race day of the year, preparing food, drink stalls, mowing lawns and whipper snipping surrounding areas. After all the rain the track is in magnificent condition with all the thanks going to the club’s volunteers – the two Ray’s, Kevin, Jimmy and Roy who pot hole the track twice a week after track work under the guidance of curator Rick. The race fields for this Cup meeting will be the best seen this year. This meeting is fast becoming the most social event of the year with all the local business being involved, fashions on the field, Pavilion selling fast, varied foods, cool refreshments, jumping castle, fairy floss and Mr Whippy. Great day for the family and the punters with on course TAB and bookmakers all states betting, something for everyone.

Good punting see you down the track. Garry.

January 2012

The Jockey Club has been very busy with our 70’s 80’s music festival which was held at the track. Ross Wilson singing Eagle Rock and that great Aussie band Dragon singing the immortal April Sun in Cuba, it was just a legendary night and great to be there. The mature crowd of music lovers had the best night’s music, singing, dancing and enjoying the night’s festivities.

January 20th the Jockey Club held a monster Trivia night at the Tuncurry Bowling Club with a large crowd of willing contestants with Quiz master Brad Rae hosting the night. Everyone went home a winner with $200 cash going to the smartest table, the business houses of Forster-Tuncurry donating over 60 prizes for raffles and giveaways for the night.

The committee and volunteers have been working over time raising money and preparing the Jockey Club’s next Gold Cup meeting, as hard as you may work and the more forward progress you make, you start to see light at the end of the tunnel when all of a sudden it all falls down around you. Last Friday night the Jockeys Club machine shed was broken into, the thieves stole everything that we have worked hard for, MIG welder, grinders, electric drill, two cordless drills, all of our drill bits, three whipper snippers, hand lawn mower, a socket set which was worth $500. We haven’t a screw driver or hammer, tool boxes and all went, very heartbreaking. I had a thought if anyone has a whipper snipper they don’t need or has broken down we may be able to fix it and help us back on track, you know any old tools lying around that may need a new home, the Jockey Club would be most appreciated. If you have something that you like to donate, you could drop it off at the work shed at the track or ring Garry 0418 677 056.

See you down the track.

Good Punting, Garry.