November 2013

The race that stopped a nation, the running of the 153rd Melbourne Cup, not only stopped a nation, but with the international horses lining up, the overseas interest nearly stopped the world. Was the winning ticket in your pocket? The exacta, trifecta or the first four? If so you have had a great day. To the winning trainer Gai Waterhouse and the connections congratulations, even so the winning purse is huge, the preparation and planning is very expensive; what a talent jockey Damien Oliver is, steering “Fiorente” to victory.

The Jockey Club, Marine Rescue and the Tuncurry Bowling Club held a joint Melbourne Cup Day, with the auditorium packed with three hundred Melbourne Cup revellers drinking beer, wine and champagne to celebrate the great race. Raffles, giveaways, best hat, best dressed, Perce the Punter and the Latté Lady’s winning tips and the big screen, topped off with a lovely lunch and dessert all followed by tea and coffee, for only $30 per person, one of the best days on the racing calendar.

The Jockey Club is heading towards our next race meeting, a seafood beach party on the 18th January where the entire Club’s new infrastructure, toilet block, stewards’ tower, fifty horse tie-ups and the stewards’ and jockeys’ rooms will be completed. The next step in the Jockey Club’s journey will be to apply for a TAB licence which will take the club to bigger and better racing in the future.

**Most important TFJC AGM Sunday 17th November 11.00am at the Tuncurry Bowling Club.**

Good Luck, see you down the track, Garry.

September 2013

It was a huge crowd that attended the Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Clu’bs race day on the 14th September to witness the running of the “Tuncurry Mile”. With twelve starters jumping out of the barriers at the 1600 mt chute, we saw a well timed ride by apprentice jockey J. Hull riding “Crown of Snippers” trained by Allan Kehoe of Wyong.

The weather was kind to the Jockey Club, which has experienced inclement conditions over the past years. With willing patrons looking to enjoy a day at the races everything fell into place with food, wine and socialising culminating in a very successful day for the Jockey Club and supporters. This recipe will hopefully continue for the January 18th “Sea Food” race day, where fresh Wallis Lake oysters, prawn rolls, BBQ fish and the now famous sausage carpet-bagger will all be on sale.

The Jockey Club in conjunction with Marine Rescue and the Tuncurry Bowling Club are holding a Melbourne Cup party fun day at the Tuncurry Bowling Club on the 5th November. Barriers open at 11.00am with a two course meal, prizes, sweeps, giveaways and raffles; Perce the Punter and The Latte Lady giving you all the good oil; racing on the big screen and entrainment by singer Gerry Anderson, all for $30 per head. Tables of ten are available for bookings. Call in to the front desk of the Tuncurry Bowling Club and secure your seat for a great day’s fun racing and entertainment.

Winner of the Jockey Club’s Melbourne Cup Cruise was Margaret Coleman of Tuncurry. Great to see a local win. Many thanks to all those participated.

Good punting, see you down the track, Garry.

August 2013

The Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club is a hive of activity at present, with infrastructure well under way. The construction of another fifty horse tie-ups, fourth stewards’ tower, completion of the toilet block and work commencing on the steward/jockeys’ rooms, it is all systems go.

The club is racing towards TAB racing, once these major works are completed the Tuncurry track will be eligible to apply for a TAB licence.

The 14th September is the Jockey Club’s next race meeting, with the feature race being the running of the Tuncurry Mile. Since the inception of the Tuncurry Mile this race is becoming very popular with the horse racing fraternity. This race has all the attributes of the mile start at Royal Randwick – whereupon jumping the horses have a six hundred metre run to the first turn, round the bend and up the four hundred metre straight to the winning post, very exciting.

The Jockey club is very excited about the fact that world famous Australian and international sprinter “Take Over Target” will be doing an exhibition gallop on the Tuncurry track. Don’t miss this privileged moment in racing history.

Tickets are still available for the Pavilion, and free buses are running from the Keys all the way through to the Tuncurry track. Gates open at 11 o’clock for a great day’s racing entertainment.

Good punting, see you down the track, Garry.

May 2013

With winter setting in you would think that activities at the Tuncurry-Forster race course would be slowing up.

With the injection of monies from N.S.W Racing work on major infrastructure is all in place to start. Fifty horse tie-ups which are already DA approved by Council; the new stewards’ tower at the top of the straight. The jockey/stewards’ rooms are with Council being DA approved, the male and female jockeys’ rooms will accommodate up to thirty jockeys with showers and toilets and all the mod cons. This is a great improvement from the demountables that we have been using up to now.

Once this important infrastructure is in place the Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club will be applying for a TAB licence, with fingers crossed Racing NSW will find a TAB meeting for our Club.

The Club’s next race meeting is not until the 14th September; even so, fund raising is still ongoing with a Trivia Night featuring the “HOT SEAT” to be held at the Tuncurry Bowling Club on 29th June for loads of fun, prizes and a good night out. Book your seat or table at only $10.00 per head.

Every Saturday morning on 2RE Sports the Jockey Club features “The Latté lady” for all racing information and a winning tip. Listen to and follow the Latte Lady.

Good punting, see you down the track, Garry.

March 2013

On Friday morning the track curator had just finished rolling the track in readiness for the Saturday 2nd March XXXX Gold Cup Day, the Pavilion was erected and finished and all decked out to the nines; gazebos, picnic tables with umbrellas were all in place, food preparation was in order and most importantly, the refreshments were chilled down to perfection. The Jockey Club looked a treat and was ready for a big day’s racing with twelve on-course bookmakers and the six-window TAB ready to do business. One of the Club’s volunteers commented, “I think it might rain”. “Don’t be silly, we’re set for a big day’s racing”. Then the skies opened up and it was falling by the bucket.

At 2.30 that afternoon the track was inspected by the Stewards, cancelling the XXXX Gold Cup race meeting. I could hear the dollars going down the sink, by this time three inches had fallen, Saturday morning the track had received six inches, by the same time Sunday morning fifteen inches had fallen.

The Weather Bureau said that of the whole coast Tuncurry had the greatest rainfall of any area, wet weather is still causing grief for the town’s Jockey Club.

To help compensate the Club’s losses we are holding a raffle – a trip for two people on the “Pacific Pearl” to the Melbourne Cup for six nights. The trip of a lifetime, sailing down the East coast heading towards Melbourne and being part of the race that stops a nation, just fabulous. All members have been posted out their tickets, to be drawn at the September 14th race meeting. If you wish to purchase tickets please ring Marg on 0429 967 823.

Please buy a ticket and support the Tuncurry-Forster Jockey Club.

Good punting, see you down the track, Garry.

January 2013

The “Sea Food” race meeting held on the 19th January was spoilt by nuisance rain, even so a very happy crowd of fifteen hundred people enjoyed a brilliant days racing. The “Oyster Cup” was won by Butane with a withering run from the back of the field, pulled out wide down the outside, running away from the opposition ridden by Pietro Romeo and trained by Barry Ratcliff who has an incredible strike rate at the Tuncurry track.

The XXXX Gold Cup is just around the corner, a six race program is set down for the 2nd March. Cup Day at the Tuncurry-Forster Track is the biggest race day on the Jockey Club’s racing calendar, bookings for the Pavilion are imperative and are going fast, under cover with your own seat, bar, bookie, wine tasting, tipster, jazz music and food all located right on the finishing post, a great place to be on XXXX Gold Cup Day.

Ladies, fashions on the field has become one of the most sought-after prizes to be won on track, with the Jockey Club’s ladies’ organisers striving to make this event bigger every year, with over one hundred entries last year and expecting more this year, so don’t be disappointed – register on track on race day. For a tremendous social day’s racing, betting on local and interstate with one of the fifteen bookmakers or have a bet at the six window TAB office, you will just love it.

Last 100 Club draw at the Tuncurry Bowling Club 18th January, 1st 60 David Barnsley, 2nd 23 Steve Rogers and 3rd 57 Ken Jones.

Good punting, see you Down the Track, Garry.