Committee finalise preparations for 2019 Burrangong Picnics

Burrangong Picnic Race Club president Tom Wills with committee members Sarah Osborne, Brenton Smyth and Ben Simmons.
Burrangong Picnic Race Club president Tom Wills with committee members Sarah Osborne, Brenton Smyth and Ben Simmons.

Six Fashions on the Fields categories boasting $4000 worth of prizes will highlight action trackside at this Saturday's Burrangong Picnic Races.

Prizes will go to Lady of the Day, Best Dressed Gentleman, Miss Contemporary, Best Dressed Couple, Most Outstanding Millinery and Best Dressed Boy and Girl.

President Tom Wills congratulated the committee on their hard work and thanked the support and generosity of local businesses.

"The committee has done great work with about $4000 worth of prizes across the categories," he said.

Mr Wills is hoping for some quality fields to make for a great day of racing.

He said the track is in good condition despite the dry weather, and two weeks of irrigating prior to Saturday will bolster the turf.

"Also there's a few storms forecast which will further help the track. Hopefully it doesn't rain on the day but we won't complain if it does. We'll take anything we get."

He said the Picnics provides plenty of opportunity for trainers across the district.

"The prizemoney is a bit less than other races. But Picnics offer to horses of all abilities to have a run. Our track is in good nick at the moment compared to some others because we have access to some bore water," he said.

"So hopefully we get some good fields and some good crowds I know there's lots on but it's always a good day and we try to accommodate for everyone."

With about 1500 to 2000 people in attendance each year, Mr Wills is encouraging the community to come out and enjoy the community event.

He added that support from the community will improve the facilities at Toompang Racecourse and help protect the future of the Burrangong Picnic Races.

"We encourage everyone to come out here," he said.

"We usually bank on about 1500-2000 people, generally it's about there each year. We are encouraging people to get here with family and friends.

"I think it's important to reiterate that people do come out and support. The money we do make goes back into improving the facilities like the clubhouse, toilets or whatever it might be.

"It's all volunteer run and every bit of money goes back into improving the club."

Six races are on the card and Mr Wills is hoping for eight horses in each race.

Fashions will take place about 3.30pm.

If rain occurs on the day organisers will welcome it and added there'll still be plenty happening at the track.

Gates open about 12pm with six races throughout the afternoon and a band beginning at 5pm and finishing at 8.30pm.

Lions Club will be running a barbecue all day and serving dinner throughout the evening.

There'll be rides, facepainting, ice-cream and jumping castle for children.

Buses will return punters to the Aussie Hotel until 8.30pm.