Goulburn Race Club has a stand-alone race meeting on Tuesday but it’s the club’s recently announced Goulburn Cup ambassador team that’s grabbing headlines.
In a feature published in the latest issue of the Racing NSW Magazine, the club has announced a trifecta of ambassadors to help promote this year’s Goulburn Cup program.
NRL star and Canberra Raiders Captain Jarrod Croker heads up the ‘team sheet’ along with the TAB’s Media Manager Glenn Munsie and Wendy Walter, wife of the late and legendary trainer Guy Walter.
Goulburn product Croker, who did most of his “pre-training” growing up in Goulburn is a keen supporter of Goulburn Race Club and a direct investor in the racing industry through his forays into racehorse ownership.
The Raiders’ club captain, Croker part owns two Goulburn trained gallopers in Territorial and Napoli, both under the tutelage of Tash Burleigh. Croker is thrilled to be part of the club’s spring racing and says results on a racetrack can offer a high that’s on par with his other sporting pursuits.
“I’ve had a fair few highlights like having both my horses winning on their home track which is special. But none more special than our horse Hangover Monday managing to win on the day the late great Graeme Spackman sadly passed, ridden by Adrian Layt who also wore Graeme’s colours,” Croker said.
In a week with plenty of racing news geared around the countdown towards The Everest and The Kosciuszko, with local trainers Danny Williams and Kurt Goldman securing runners in the latter, Goulburn’s Tuesday meeting kicks off a big seven weeks of spring racing for the club.
As well as Tuesday’s eight race card the club will host three meetings in November including its big Girls Day Out program on the 10th November. The month of racing will then culminate with the $150 000 Best Western Plus Goulburn Cup and “The Guy Walter” fillies and mares handicap both to be run on Sunday the 25th.
Club CEO Robyn Fife believes it’s an ideal time to for the racing action to heat up on the tablelands.
“The club is looking forward to riding the wave of momentum generated in NSW racing circles by both The Everest and The Kosciuszko,” Ms Fife said.
“Three race meetings during November gives us the chance to do that. We are thrilled and extremely appreciative to have ambassadors like Jarrod, Glenn and Wendy on board supporting quality racing in Goulburn this spring.”
Goulburn’s track is currently rated a Soft 7 for Tuesday’s program and will feature a first for the club with the running of the Spring Merino Stayers Cup over 2800m, the longest race ever held at the Goulburn track. The race has attracted a field of ten starters for the Benchmark 66 rated race.
To read more about Goulburn Race Club’s Ambassador team and this year’s spring racing in the tablelands grab a copy of the October edition of the Racing NSW Magazine.