Races set the social scene

KING of Troy (right) makes a dash to the finish line to take out the 2015 Leeton Cup for Albury trainer Norm Loy.

KING of Troy (right) makes a dash to the finish line to take out the 2015 Leeton Cup for Albury trainer Norm Loy.

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MARK it on the calendar and get your outfit ready - this Saturday is Leeton Jockey Club’s annual Leeton Cup Race Day.

The Leeton Racecourse will be awash with people dressed to the nines enjoying a big day on the town’s social calendar, as well as prime thoroughbred flesh on the track.

This is a good opportunity for Leeton people to go to the races in Leeton and catch up with friends. - Leeton Jockey Club president Grant Fitzsimon

Leeton Jockey Club president Grant Fitzsimon encouraged everyone to take part.

“It is always a good day,” Mr Fitzsimon said.

“A lot of people travel to go to the races so this is a good opportunity for Leeton people to go to the races in Leeton and catch up with friends.

“It will be a typical race day at Leeton. There will be six races, bookies, the TAB and fashions after race three.

“We will have the running of the CopRice Cup, which is normally the second-last race of the day.”

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The cystic fibrosis Great Escape Rally entrants will man the gate this year, with the Yanco Amateur Swimming Club running the canteen.

Gates open at 11.30am and entry is $15. There is no BYO.

“You can bring in chairs and a picnic, but there is no alcohol allowed through the gate,” Mr Fitzsimon said.

“There will be strict security in place for the afternoon. Over the years the crowd has been well behaved and hopefully that will continue.

“We have an undercover betting ring and now the bar is fully lined. If the weather turns, you’ve now got plenty of places to be.”

However, the grandstand, which has been out of use for several years, is still closed and unlikely to ever be open again.

Nominations for entries closed on Monday, with final acceptances to be made on Thursday morning.

“We normally get good fields,” Mr Fitzsimon said.

“Because the prize money is reasonable, the minimum is $6000 per race and the cup is $7000, it is worthwhile for trainers to travel these days.

“The track is in really good condition. The stewards inspected it (last) Monday and they were more than happy with the state of the grounds and facilities.”

The day’s sponsors will be looked after on the day in a dedicated marquee. However, the amount of interest in general marquees spaces is down this year.

“There are sites still available if anyone is interested,” Mr Fitzsimon said.

Sky Channel will broadcasts races from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane throughout the day, and there will be local bookmakers on course as well as the TAB.

Anyone wanting to book a marquee site should call Grant Fitzsimon on 0428 534 686.

Wristbands make it easy to identify

THE CopRice Leeton Cup Race Meeting will feature six races, with the first to jump between 1pm and 1.30pm.

Gates will open at 11.30am on Saturday.

Cystic fibrosis Great Escape Rally entrants will man the gate this year, with the Yanco Amateur Swimming Club running the canteen.

Patrons aged between 18 and 25 will again be able to wear a wristband to make their day easier, instead of having to show ID when going to the bar.

All they need to do is show their ID at the gate and they will be presented with the wristband, which identifies them as being of legal drinking age.

After party

THE after party for the 2015 CopRice Leeton Cup Race Meeting will be held at the Mia Function Centre.

Always a highlight of the day and a great way to kick on into the night, this year's party will feature live entertainment by Hidden Temple and there will be food available.

There will be full security on site throughout the night, with taxis also available.

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