We are expecting a great crowd for our next race day in December and will update this space once we know the specific rules that will be in place for December.
Sunday 19th December Narooma Cup Day
Chairman’s Message July 2021
In September 2020 I wrote to you saying that I hoped and believed the worst was behind us; how wrong I was. Covid-19 is now causing immense problems in NSW, mainly in the Sydney area, but the potential for outbreaks in regional areas is ever present. I must commend Mr. Peter V’landys and the senior staff at Racing NSW for their amazing work enabling Thoroughbred racing to continue in this state.
Three race meetings are scheduled in Moruya in August and our Executive Officer Ken Brown is working closely with Racing NSW to ensure compliance with the ever changing rules applying when outdoor events are held. Ken will use our website, email and social media to provide all relevant information prior to each race meeting.
Please, when you are renewing your membership, provide all contact details for telephone, email and current address, especially postal address. If you have a multi-year membership, please make sure Ken has all your current details. Email is our preferred option for contacting you.
Members of your MJC Board are optimistic, progressive thinkers and very capable and the Board works with a harmony seldom seen in community clubs; as a result, we are confident that the works schedule to a value of $2.2 million will be completed in the 2021-2023 financial years.
Those attending race meetings will notice a new building, almost fully furnished and completed, overlooking the parade ring; This evolved from its proposed use as a temporary structure during last year’s Covid -19 crowd and jockey restrictions, to becoming a multi-purpose building, primarily to provide an area for owners, but especially for winning connections to view the race just won and to celebrate with a complimentary drink in a designated room. For certain meetings an area may be set aside for sponsors and it will be used for functions better suited to it than the Members Room.
Your Board is working closely with Racing NSW to expedite urgently needed work on the Judge’s tower and the expansion and remodelling of the female jockeys’ room and Stewards’ room.
Many improvements to facilities for horses and participants have been commenced or are completed; new tie-up stalls, a second hose down area with two bays, hot water in the original hose down area for horses trained on the track in the winter and a new walking area for horses on race day. Lighting has been installed to improve safety for participants during the winter to enable them to saddle up ready to commence work on the tracks when ambient light is sufficient.
Plans and quotes for a kangaroo exclusion fence enclosing the whole racecourse have been submitted to Racing NSW for approval. Cost $200000. The completion of this fence will ensure that we are doing all we can to prevent accidents due to kangaroos during trackwork or races.
Your Board is still working with our architect, project managers and relevant regulatory authorities to complete plans for, and commence construction of, the Members facilities. We are doing our best but we are far from satisfied with the situation to date.
Natalie Jarvis and Team Thorotek. Trainer of the Year with 17 winners.
Brock Ryan. Jockey of the Year. 9 winners.
Kentucky Award. Horse of the Year. Trainers Robert and Luke Price.
Racing has been of a very high standard and this has been reflected in betting turnover.
More horses are being trained on the track and numbers for jump outs held every second week have been consistently high with an increasing number of away trainers making use of our excellent facilities and well trained staff. The large race fields and high training numbers are a result of the wonderful racing and training surfaces produced by our Track Manager, Scott Ibel, his enthusiastic deputy Luke Mikula, now well into his track apprenticeship, and their volunteer staff, whose work is very much appreciated.
Club membership is now 463 and it is pleasing to see the number of new applications for membership.
Executive Officer Ken Brown has settled in well and is making his mark. With Board member Jim Madden, he is obtaining new sponsorship, while consolidating the arrangements with our long term sponsors to whom we extend our great thanks.
The wonderful “country racing” atmosphere is ever present at Moruya; it is something your Board strives to promote. There is always that feeling of optimism in the Board, in participants, in our staff, amongst our bookmakers, and our race day suppliers and patrons.
To you all, I say thank you. The Moruya Jockey Club will continue to provide the best experience it can, for all who attend, and will ensure the highest standards of safety and animal welfare.
Please stay safe and well.
Peter Atkinson. Chairman.
Country TAB Race Club of the Year 2017
From 14 August 21 (Whilst in Lockdown) the public or owners are not able to enter the Moruya Jockey Club Facilities.
Services (When crowds are on course):
TAB, Bookmakers, Bar, Kiosk, Cut N Run Pizza, Smokey Dan’s, Froth ‘N’ Kebabs.
Bus Services 19th December
THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
Also our partners – AMH Auto Group | North Ryde RSL Community Club | Carlton & United Breweries | Moruya Golf Club | Women In Racing Canberra | Mitre 10 Moruya & Ulladulla | Camerons Hardware Moruya and Batemans Bay
Sunday 19th December
Monday 3rd January – Moruya Cup
Thursday 13th January – Sponsors Day