HOME MEETING: Robert Thompson has turned down rides at Gosford to race at Cessnock’s traditional Anzac Day race meeting.The Wine Country Race Club will stage the traditional Anzac Day race meeting at the CessnockRacecourse on Monday.
It is a non-TAB meeting and the Anzac Day crowd is normally the biggest of the year at Cessnock.
Racegoers attending the meeting will have facilities to bet on the corresponding Randwick meetingand other interstate meetings around the country.
The cost of general admission is $10, and for any ticket purchased prior to 5pm on April 20 thepurchaser gets one free.
The support locally in the sponsorship of the day has been outstanding. Jurds Real Estate is themajor sponsor of the Anzac Day meeting.
Other sponsors include the Cessnock Leagues Club, East Cessnock Bowling Club and formerAdvertiser editor Bruce Wilson.
The feature race on the program is the John Cleaves Memorial.
John, a well-known Cessnock solicitor, was chairman of the Wine Country Race Club, a director ofthe Newcastle Jockey Club and one time treasurer of Cessnock Leagues Club.
The John Cleaves Memorial has been run on Anzac Day since his passing and John’s widow Annetteand the family are guests of the Wine Country Race Club at the Anzac Day meeting.
Bruce Wilson sponsors a race on Anzac Day in memory of his late daughter, Amy.
ANTHEM: Country star Catherine Britt will sing the national anthem at Monday’s Anzac Day meeting.
One of Australia’s best known country music entertainers Catherine Britt will be on track to give herrendition of the National Anthem.
Venus Music will entertain patrons throughout the day.
The traditional two up will take place from 11.15am.
Robert Thompson has indicated that he will ride at Cessnock in preference to the Gosford Anzac Dayrace meeting.
Course manager Steve Tapp reportsthat the track will be in top order on Anzac Day.
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