FANCY yourself and three friends having a day at the races with access to the Gai Waterhouse stable?
If interested, then you should head to the Coonabarabran Jockey Club meeting on Saturday week with money in your pocket for an auction that features some amazing items.
The Bushfire Appeal TAB meeting is shaping up to be one of the best presented by the club, headed by president Stewart Rodgers.
He said nominations close next Monday, February 4, for the races with strong representations of owners and trainers expected from throughout country NSW.
But off the track there will be plenty of entertainment for the serious and not so seriousracegoers.
And after the terrible bushfires that ravaged the district during the past two weeks, any help and contributions will be gratefully accepted.
“The main focus will be on raising funds for the Warrumbungles Mayor’s Appeal headed by Peter Sinton and a monster raffle and auction will be two major attractions,” Rodgers said.
“Two auction items are of special mention that will go under the hammer.
“One of them is a day at the races for four people with the Waterhouse stable and hopefully Gai and her bookmaker son Tom will be available at some stage.
“The package includes lunch as well as four $100 betting vouchers from Tom
“There is a second racing package and this is also for four people, lunch and an insider’s tour at the races taking in the steward’s room, the start barriers and other facilities inaccessible to the public.
“The third auction item that stands out is a stud fee to I Am Invincible, a brown stallion by Invincible Spirit (IRE) x Cannarelle which stands at Yarraman Stud at Scone for $11,000.”
I Am Invincible had the biggest representation of any sire at the 2013 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale and his stock proved a real winner..
He had 21 yearlings sell at an average $30,476, with only two youngsters from his large consignment failing to find new homes.
Top sellers for I Am Invincible were a colt and filly that both sold for $70,000.
Rodgers said it looked as though there would be something like 25 auction items including some not just for racing enthusiasts.
“The list isn’t complete yet but I notice there is a saddle there, some holiday accommodation and a lawn mower,” he said.
“But if the auction is out of your range then the monster raffle will have so many prizes that we can’t even try to list them.”
Rodgers said the jockey club would be focusing on the race meeting that will be televised on Sky Racing and he expects capacity fields in all races, headed by the $8000 Benchmark 50 Handicap over 1600 metres.