Roads entering the town of Harden will swell to capacity on Saturday, October 22 when the 2016 Picnic Races will be run at the picturesque Harden Racecourse.
This year will see the 36th running of the Cup which was taken out at their first ever meeting in 1980 by the aptly named Bobby Bobtail.
Only one horse has taken out the iconic event twice, that being Chance Affair in 1995 and 1996.
Local trainers have faired well over the years with Just Barcoo, Money Road, Norms Bridal, Strictly Family, Geemtee (for the late J.B.McGregor) Th' Hab and others ensuring that the annual event lacks nothing in the excitement factor.
Last year’s winner Fourtenbob trained at Braidwood by Aaron Clarke scored a convincing win over Arguably Regal trained at Young by Debbie Prest with the top weight Angel Of Rock claiming third money in the $8,000 1400 meter event.
President Nathan Schofield and secretary Rebecca Askell have worked tirelessly over many months with their small but hard working committee to once again ensure that the 36th running of the Cup will be one of the best ever, with nominations expected to be of the highest quality.
With Fashions In The Field, for juniors and seniors alike and the popular Best Hat Fascinator being judge throughout the afternoon, the stage looks set for another fantastic day of entertainment.
Quality interest for Harden races
Forty five nominations have been received for the 36th annual Harden Picnic Cup meeting to be held next Saturday at the Harden Racecourse.
Feature race of the day, the $8000 Harden Picnic cup to be run over 1400 metres has attracted 13 nominations including topweight, Wagga galloper Black Fusion trained by Scott Spackman.
Final acceptors for the meeting will be declared on Thursday morning.
The Harden club will conduct a Calcutta night on Friday at the Country Club commencing at 7pm.