The Eyre Peninsula racing season is in full swing, but the attention turns to the Ceduna Racing Club in December with the Curtis’s New Holland XMAS race meeting on Sunday the 4th. This will be the first of two non-TAB race meetings held at the club for the 2021/22 season.
While the club hosts non-TAB events, there are still strong benefits to all involved with the race meetings. It provides an opportunity to trainers and connections to run their horses in to form where they may not have the opportunity to make it to a metro/provincial meeting. Further to this, it is an opportunity for the township to catch up and enjoy a day at the races.
The beauty of a non-TAB event is it often takes the approach of encouraging a more relaxed atmosphere and increased enjoyment to the point of almost being something like a ‘trip away/vacation’ for trainers and connections, even if it’s just for the weekend.
The aim of the Ceduna Racing Club is to encourage trainers and connections to visit and make a weekend out of their trip. Ceduna itself offers a great travel experience and is one of the more picturesque non-TAB locations.
To assist trainers who travel with their horses, the club provides overnight stables which makes it easier on the horses after a longer trip. Along with this, there is also a BBQ dinner onsite for the Friday and Saturday night to bring together the visiting trainers and connections.
The relationship between the Club and Shelly Beach Caravan Park means that those visiting are located in close vicinity to the racecourse.
To help with costs of travelling to Ceduna, the club provides a float rebate for each non-winning horse that travels. These rebates are $250 per horse that travels over 500 kilometres one way and $200 per horse that travels between 200 to 500 kilometres one way.
To provide the best experience on the track, the club go above and beyond to ensure it is in the best condition for each race day. The 2000 metre dirt track receives over 400,000 litres of water three days leading up to each race meeting after being carefully worked and then rolled.
The work of our volunteers does not go unmentioned as they ensure the Ceduna Racing Club is providing the best experience to all patrons visiting the two race meetings. The events do not go ahead without the support that our volunteers provide leading in to, and on race day.
You can find further information about the Curtis’s New Holland XMAS race meeting here.
For further information about the club, please contact:
President- Bruce Zippel 0428 476 245
Overnight Stable Manager – Bushy Trenowden 0427 231 036