Day to celebrate ladies in racing

KAY Jeffrey and Amie Simpson are preparing for a Ladies-Tradies double race meeting at Tamworth Jockey Club this month.

They are part of a new look racing administration at the TJC with Kay the acting general manager and Amie the new events and sponsorship manager.

Together they are hoping to provide a happy and warm facility for all to enjoy.

First off, they have the annual ladies day meeting this Saturday.

It is a rare Saturday meeting, six races worth $10,000 apiece on a Sky 2-covered meeting highlighted by the Noelene Martin Memorial handicap, a race named in honour of a wonderful lady who had been a TJC board member for a number of years.

The June 24 Ladies Day offers free entry, a complimentary champagne for every female attendee and a few other gifts as well.

“Unfortunately it was washed out last year,” Kay Jeffrey said.

“This year we haven’t had the same wet period as we had last year and the long term forecast is good, they are forecasting 18 degrees and fine weather.”

Six days after the June 24 Ladies Day the TJC will stage the Tradies Day.

The TAB meeting on Friday, June 30 is also a showcase meeting, where all seven races are worth $30,000.

“We’ve also got a few giveaways for the tradies as well,” Kay Jeffrey said.

She enjoyed her first meeting as the acting GM a couple of Tuesdays ago. It was a good day of racing with Liam Martin’s birthday horse, Present Sense, winning and Rachael Murray riding her 100th winner of the NSW season.

“It was a special day,” Kay Jeffrey said.

“Rachael is such a beautiful young girl. I am looking forward to both the Ladies and Tradies days.”

She said her new position is a challenge but she’s stepping up and confident it will work out well especially with former general manager, Helen Sinclair, helping her out.

Nominations for this Saturday’s meeting closed on Monday.

The meeting attracted a huge 136 nominations for just six $10,000 races at the track this Saturday.

The Noelene Martin Memorial had 24 nominations alone but was only the third biggest field.