Turf club loses back-to-back meetings

The Tumut Turf Club lost back-to-back meetings in November due to the wet weather and subsequent state of the track.

One must genuinely feel for the Tumut Turf Club after their five-race non-TAB meeting scheduled for Saturday was washed out following consistent rain on Friday and Saturday.

This was the second meeting the club had lost in the space of 13 days, with their November 7 meeting suffering the same fate. 

Tumut Turf Club President David Rosetta could only laugh about the situation, explaining it was out of the club’s hands, with Racing NSW stewards forced to make the tough decision on both occasions. 

“What are you going to do? When it rains, it pours,” Rosetta quipped. 

“Before yesterday (Saturday), we had over 120ml of rain this month. It’s unusual but there isn’t anything we can do.”

Rosetta backed Racing NSW steward’s decisions not to race on either day, although he said Tumut were open to hosting more meetings once the track dried out.

“I think it was a good decision to abandon Saturday. The track was okay on Friday, but with the rain, we couldn’t have raced, and it would have been a miserable day,’ Rosetta said.

“It was the opposite with the Sunday meeting (November 7). The day before the track wasn’t good but the track dried out quickly and we could have probably raced, but the stewards needed to make a decision and we support that.

“We have spoken to the stewards and let them know we are happy to do a meeting and help out where we can”

Unfortunately for racing fans and participants, both the washed-out November 7 and November 20 meetings were ‘pop-up meetings’ that were added to the racing calendar by Racing NSW following the Covid-19 pandemic and a wetter than usual spring leading to the abandonment of more than 30 meetings state-wide.

Despite their recent setbacks, Tumut Turf Club are now focusing on their December 26 Boxing Day meeting, before their Tumut Mile race day on January 15 and Tumut Cup race day on February 12.

“We are looking forward to Boxing Day and the rest of the season,” Rosetta said.

“All of the upgrades will be completed by then and the track will be ready to host a big crowd.”

The new undercover bookmakers ring will be a popular addition this summer, with the area set to host bookmakers and racing fans during the hottest months of the year.

“The undercover area is progressing nicely. The steelwork is up. We will have finished pulling up the last of the concrete tomorrow (Monday) and concreting starts this week.”

In the meantime, locals will get their chance to race at Wagga on Saturday, and Albury and Cooma the following Saturday.