THE Woolamai Race Course, situated at the foot of the Bass Hills, looks a picture at the moment as preparations continue for this Saturday’s opening race meeting.
The new white plastic running rail around the whole track adds to the new white plastic fencing around the public area and mounting yard that was in place last season.
The club is very pleased to announce a new sponsor of the ‘Woolamai Cup’,
Alex Scott & Staff, who have been long-time supporters of the club with signs and sponsorship of the ‘jockey of the year’ award.
“They were thrilled to have the opportunity to be the main sponsor on our Woolamai Cup day,” said Bev Carmichael from the Woolamai Racing Club.
At the first meeting for the 2013/14 season, Woolamai will be running a Ladies Bracelet Race for lady riders only.
“We will be the only picnic club that is running one of these races and hopefully if this one is successful we will run another one later in the season,” Bev said.
The race is sponsored by Paul and Heidi Kramer, Pakenham trainers, who are strong supporters of picnic racing, in memory of their friend who passed last year of cancer.
The race will be called by race caller, Victoria Shaw, possibly the only woman race caller in Australia.
Victoria regularly calls at Balnarring and Drouin picnic meetings and is often a guest caller at many Victorian and New South Wales tracks.
Female jockey, Danni Walker is going to have her head shaved to support a friend who is fighting a battle with cancer.
She has so far raised more than $600 with many more donations to come.
The shave will be happening in conjunction with the TJ Memorial Ladies Bracelet.
A website has been set up where people can donate online direct to the cancer council: http://daniwalker.weebly.com/
The Woolamai Picnic Race Club is looking forward to another great season but the club could do with the support of some local people and businesses who could sponsor a race at one of the meetings.
For a very affordable amount you can name a race and present the trophy to the winning connections.
The race name is included in the race book and all other media that publish the race fields.
It is a great way to add a bit of fun to a day at the races for a group of friends, or to acknowledge someone’s birthday or a special event.
“If you sponsor a race with us you are also helping to support a lot of other clubs and organisations in the local area,” Bev said.
“The Woolamai Picnic Race Club has five local sporting and community groups that run the kiosks and bars, and generally help us run our race days.
“The money they raise comes mostly from outside the community and for most of them is their major fundraising effort for the year.
“The club also makes yearly donations to local sporting, community and church groups. If you are interested please contact the club for more information.”