Taree Gold Cup turnover up

TAREE-Wingham Race Club's decision to employ curator Scott Olsen last year was vindicated by the success of the two day cup carnival.

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Despite adverse weather conditions overall better turnover for the two days was $3.1 million. This was $170,000 up last in the 2013 figure. The turnover for cup day was $1.64 million, an increase of $160,000 on last year, race club chairman Greg Coleman reported yesterday.

He said the gate takings for cup day were down 30 per cent on last year, understandable considering the conditions. This impacted on the gate takings but the food takings were on par with 2013.

Mr Coleman said the track stood up to the wet weather while fields were strong for both days.

"With the rain we had we wouldn't have been able to race there if we didn't have Scott as the curator,'' Mr Coleman added.

"We're very happy with the overall result considering the weather.

"There would have been a lot of people getting ready to go to the races on Sunday who would have changed their mind as soon as the rain came.''

The next major event at the club will be the 40th anniversary dinner to be held on Saturday October 4.

This will mark the 40th anniversary of racing at the Bushland Drive track.