News / 20th October 2022
Wet weather transfers 2022 Coonabarabran Cup to Coonamble
The 2022 Coonabarabran Bowling Club Cup will not go ahead at Coonabarabran Racecourse as scheduled this weekend.
The overnight downpour has lead to the Jockey Club and Racing NSW's decision to transfer the 2022 Coonabarabran Cup to Coonamble this Sunday, 23rd October.
But President of the Coonamble Jockey Club Kim Waterford said it was still up in the air if the racing action will actually take place.
“It’s really in the hands of the gods at the moment,” he said. “The track is alright at the moment but another 10-15 millimetres and it could be in trouble.
“Even though it's a very short turn around for us we will be ready to race. It all depends on the weather.”
A meeting will be held by the Coonabarabran Jockey Club committee to investigate the possibility of arranging a bus to take punters to Coonamble if, in fact, racing goes ahead.
“It’s really unfortunate. This cup meeting was shaping up to be one of the biggest we’ve had,” said Coonabarabran Jockey Club president Adam Freeman. "With the rain we’ve had, and what’s still expected to come, it could be weeks before the track dries out.”
Despite the racing action being transferred to Coonamble, Mr Freeman said he still expected a busy weekend in Coonabarabran and said the Yabbie Races at the Bowling Club will still go ahead on Saturday at 12pm as advertised.
“It’s disappointing for sure,” he said. "Unfortunately we can’t control the weather.
“We’re still expecting to have a busy weekend. There are a few groups who make the annual pilgrimage every year and they are still booked in and coming for the weekend.”
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