Manning Valley Race Club to be launched on January 4

Greg Coleman with Racing NSW CEO Peter V'landys, Rosemary and Barry O'Farrell at the 2016 Taree Cup. Mr O'Farrell is now the CEO of Racing Australia.
Greg Coleman with Racing NSW CEO Peter V'landys, Rosemary and Barry O'Farrell at the 2016 Taree Cup. Mr O'Farrell is now the CEO of Racing Australia.

MANNING Valley Race Club’s official launch is set for Thursday January 4, the day of the Harrington Cup meeting.

Last week four members from the Krambach Race Club committee, Brian Kelly, Martin Bates, Trevor Wisemantle and Sandra Kiely, joined the Taree-Wingham Race Club board, made up of Greg Coleman, Neil Dignam, Tony Walton, Steve Knott and Neville Frame. The board remain until the Taree-Wingham annual meeting on Wednesday November 15. Here Taree-Wingham will be wound up and the Manning Valley Race Club formed. The election of office bearers will also take place on November 15. Manning Valley Race Club will have a nine strong board, with five from Taree-Wingham and four from Krambach.

A meeting to ratify the new club’s constitution will be held on Monday October 23. This was originally to be held on October 16 but was put back so minor modifications can be made to the constitution. Taree-Wingham chairman Greg Coleman is confident club members will ratify the constitution.

Taree-Wingham members last month unanimously voted to support the formation of the new club, which will be a merger of the Taree-Wingham and Krambach entities.

There were some hopes all could have been in place for the running of the Krambach Cup on Friday October 20, however, this meeting will now be under the auspices of the Taree-Wingham club.

Mr Coleman said the Manning Valley Race Club has already gained the approval from Racing NSW. He had discussions with Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys on the matter at a conference held in Sydney recently.

“I bumped into Barry O’Farrell at the conference and the first thing he said to me was ‘you’ll be the third biggest race club in country NSW,’ ’’ Mr Coleman said.

“I know he has local connections, but it shows he’s been keeping pace with what’s been going on.’’

Mr O’Farrell is the chief executive of Racing Australia and a former NSW Premier. He was a special guest at Taree-Wingham’s cup carnival in 2016, where his wife, Rosemary, presented the Taree Cup. Rosemary is the daughter of former long serving State and federal member, Bruce Cowan.