Christmas is almost upon us, and Santa Claus has already visited the Jockey Clubs gala Christmas party. Santa arrived in grand style on the back of the Rural Fire Service fire engine, with sirens blaring, Santa handing out bags of lollies to all the children, mums and dads. The Rural Fire Service took all the kids for a ride on the fire engine around the sand track, many thanks to Bob Berriman and his men for making the day so much fun for the kids. The gala Christmas day was very successful, with the ladies baking cakes and scones also selling lemons, spinach and home made pickles.
Luck dips, ice blocks, cold drinks, face painting, steak sandwiches, cups of tea and refreshments for the all added to fun of the day. For the first time there were a lot of new faces, they were very interested in the Jockey Club and to see the progress that has being made towards our first race meeting. On the day we held the longest drive worth $50 was won by Andrew Piper, nearest to the pin also worth $50 was won by Ruby Field. The major prize of the day $100 was held on the aqua golf range, and was won by eighteen-year-old Blake Tuck for being the most accurate. Rural Home Loans donated the $200 worth of prizes. Harrington Hotel, Lakeside Tavern, Bellevue Hotel and the Smiths Lake Bottle Shop all donated prizes for the day.
The Melbourne Cup has been run and won for another year. The Reef Restaurant held a Melbourne Cup luncheon. One of our hard working committee ladies Julie Anderson sold tickets in prizes of wine and chocolates raising $272 for the Jockey Club. Thanks go to Daren, manager of the Reef Restaurant and Julie, job well done, wine and chocolates were donated by Smiths Lake Bottle Shop.
There are a lot of great community minded people in our towns of Tuncurry / Forster. Last week the golf driving office needed a pergola erected and painted. Bob and Steve Nelson along with their young carpenter Todd Northam jumped in, and in the course of the day completed the project. Such a professional job, neat and tidy, cleaned up and all finished, just the best tradesmen, once again thanks to Bob and his team, job well done. Let’s not forget Charlie Deboneo and Doney Jurd for painting our new pergola; with the paint being donated by Garry from the 3D paint supplies in Kularoo Drive Forster. All of our volunteers need a pat on the back, none more than Ray Bell, who seems to be there every time I turn up, if Ray is not picking up balls or ordering drinks he is planting out the new rocky, it is people like these that will see racing in the Great Lakes. If you wish to volunteer a little time towards our racecourse, please ring Chris Manning 6554 9686.
The boys are back on track last week, horses worked on the Tuncurry track for the first time since the dreaded EI (horse flu). They have now had their last flu injection, with a booster to follow in four months, but after one weeks rest, transport permits still have to be applied for and granted, it should be all systems go. Brian Judd of Racing N.S.W. is very confident by December 1st racing will be back to normal, thank goodness.
Gala Christmas Party
Most important date to remember 18th November, Tuncurry/Forster Jockey Club is holding our Gala Christmas Party, down at the Golf Driving Range, fun for the whole family. Prizes, gifts and giveaways to be won. Nearest to the pin, longest drive, $200 will be won on the aqua golf, actives for all ages, Every thing you expect to find in a fun day for the family, steak and sausage sandwiches, cool refreshments. So don’t forget 18th November, love to see you all there.
Tuncurry Forster Jockey Club has a new web site, thanks to Glenn Singleton (Phone 0411 282 290) for the free development and hosting of this site for the club.
EI or equine influenza has bought racing to its knees, with race meetings having to be abandoned, farriers unable to visit properties, trainers, track riders, strappers and horse transport contractors just to mention a few, all coming to a screaming holt, so many people have been effected financially. N.S.W. Racing had to act quickly and made decisions regarding a new infection (EI) that had never been seen before in Australia. I do believe the complete shut down was a necessary move to contain the influenza. The influenza once it has been contracted is nothing but a bad cold for a healthy horse, the weaker and older horses, may suffer secondary complication. E I is so contagious it will carry on the breeze for up to two kilometres. After thirty-five or forty days the flu will dissipate, the horse will not contract or carry the flu ever again. Nabiac and up the coast to Ballina so far, to my knowledge, is E I free, and that can be attributed to every one on shut down, lets hope it stays this way and things are back to normal sooner than later.
Gala Christmas Day
The Tuncurry/Forster Jockey Club also is suffering financially, with the shut down of horse movements there is no track work, so there are no track fees. To help make up our short fall, I am calling on the whole community, to join us in Gala Christmas day, to be held at the golf driving range 18th November 2007. The day will consist of actives for the whole family. longest drive, nearest the pin, $200 jackpot that must be won in the Aqua golf, jumping castle, face painting, lucky dips bags of lollies and ice creams for the kids. Steak sandwiches and cold refreshments. At noon the grand old man of Christmas will arrive in person, adding to what will be a great gala Christmas day.
School holidays and the golf driving range is very busy. Tony Wilson is our resident golf pro. Tony is available for lessons help and guidance, better known as the Swing Doctor, phone 0410 959 786. Last Sunday a lucky aqua golf player, scored a hole in one, it was a perfect shot lobbing straight into the net without hitting the sides. The lucky player from Black Head won a trip for two on the Amaroo 2000, well done. Thanks to our sponsor Amaroo Dolphin Cruises.