The Murrumbidgee Turf Club (MTC) has announced a new race day on the annual calendar with the inaugural Players & Ponies Charity Day set down for Saturday 14 October.
The new event coincides with Everest Day which is arguably Australia’s biggest race day and certainly the richest.
The MTC is planning a full day of racing and entertainment, to give all those involved in the region’s winter sports an opportunity to celebrate the year that was and wind down after the long season.
“When Everest Day on October 14 became available, we believed it was the perfect opportunity to reward all the players, fans, officials, volunteers, and committees of the winter sporting codes for all their hard work that goes into conducting sporting clubs,” said MTC CEO Jason Ferrario.
All sorts of activities are planned, including a chance for the punters themselves to participate in foot races to find the fastest male and female athlete in winter sports.
Bragging rights will be up for grabs as well in a tipping competition to find the best tipping club and sport.
An after-party will be held on the MTC lawns, with a live band commencing after the last race.
Dressing up is also encouraged, with patrons urged to appear in ‘sports retro’ as their favourite sportsperson or even in their club colours.
Mr Ferrario said the day had been set up to attract and honour players, committees, officials, volunteers, and supporters of winter sports in the Riverina.
“The reaction from the codes has been awesome,” he said, explaining that they will be able to fundraise for worthy causes and for their junior development.
“The MTC supports local charities whenever possible, and each code was offered the opportunity to choose a charity that $10 of the $20 ticket price would be donated to.
“They jumped on board to nominate a charity and are currently in the process of auctioning naming rights to a race, with the money paid by the sponsor going to either the charity or the code’s junior development program.”
He said events like this reflected the shifting culture around race days to offer something for everyone.
“Race day offers the excitement of live racing that you can’t experience watching at home or in a pub or club,” Mr Ferrerio said.
“It is a great opportunity to get outside, catch up with family and friends, enjoy the hospitality offerings on feature race days and see the thoroughbreds up close.
“On feature days, the MTC has live music for racegoers to enjoy and at select race days, kids’ entertainment is provided, so the whole family can come along and enjoy everything a race day has to offer.”
You can find out more and book your tickets here.