A day at the races isn't just about the racing.
A day at the Country Races is about communities coming together, show stopping outfits for the Fashion At The Races, and hosting a corporate event, plus much more.
There are a number of different perspectives to the races, and with the 2022/23 racing season due to commence on August 3rd, we put a few questions to some of the key roles involved in a race meeting.
Training out of Murray Bridge, Matthew Seyers is a strong supporter of country racing, with more than half of his winners coming from country racing locations. He was kind enough to have a chat with us to talk through his thoughts on country racing.
Tell us about your role within the racing industry.
I am a thoroughbred racehorse trainer based in Murray Bridge.
What is your favourite country racing track to visit, and why?
I would have to say Clare Valley (especially their Easter race meeting). The crowd definitely create a different atmosphere, but it stays close to its country charm. The people are friendly and I always enjoy it any time I can take a runner or two there.
Best country racing memory?
My favourite memory comes from Penola where I recorded my first training double. It was even more special as one of the winners was stable favourite, Darakan, who we trained for a country owner who was able to see him win as his last racehorse before he passed away.
Why should people plan a day at a country racing meet?
Coming along to the country races you will be met with a relaxed and fun atmosphere across the day. Aside from the on-track enjoyment, there is such a strong community involvement with country racing and it is often a great reason to stay a few days and spend some time exploring the country areas.