A bustling Tumut Cup meeting has firmly put the exclamation mark on the end of a successful Tumut Turf Club racing season.
Derby Day introduced the season, amid poor weather, but a huge season including Boxing Day, Tumut Mile Day and Tumut Cup day has proven racing is well and truly alive in this region.
Tumut Turf Club president Dave Rosetta believes it has been the best season of racing in his time with the small club.
“I have been on the committee for 10 years and it’s the best season we have seen since I have been involved,” he said.
Rosetta, who worked tirelessly to help the club out of dire financial straights only a few years ago, believes this season’s success follows on the back of strong racing and increasing crowds.
“It has been a good racing, we haven’t missed a meeting in two years, and the fields are getting stronger and stronger,” he said.
“This season has probably seen the strongest field here at Tumut for some time.”
Additionally, Rosetta was excited to see more and more travellers making their way to the picturesque Tumut racecourse.
“You can’t forget that we get such good support from our locals and all the travellers,” he said.
“We had our best Boxing Day crowd in 10 years and we had really good crowds for our TAB and cup meetings but I was more surprised by the amount of people travelling from all over the place for our meetings.”
The hard working committee member reminisced on one moment that demonstrated the overall success of the Tumut Turf Club’s 2019/20 racing season.
“Having our first TAB meeting in 19 years was definitely the highlight,” he said.
“We had massive turnover and that was because of the support of trainers from all over the place which led to a very successful meeting.”
The Tumut Turf Club will now get a moment to digest the season that has finished before preparing for the 2020/21 season that commences on Derby Day, October 31.