In the lead up to Friday’s Snake Gully Cup meeting at Gundagai Adelong Race Club, the forecast was rain, rain and more rain and the likelihood of the meeting going ahead looked slim to none.
Despite the forecast, the track held up to the rain and racing, and was only a Heavy 8 when the first race once jumped on Friday afternoon before deteriorating to a heavy 10 through the day as rain pelted down at times.
2000 patrons still walked through the gates and enjoyed a good day of racing, hiding from the rain and the wind at times, while taking advantage of the moments when the sun streamed through the clouds.
Gundagai Adelong Race Club President Mick Crowe was happy to see a big crowd on course after what has been a tough two years on the racing industry.
“It was refreshing to see people at the races,” Crowe said.
“It has been a tough couple of years with Covid stopping crowds and it was refreshing to hold an event that brought the community together.
“Yeah, it was a bit tough at times on Friday with that rain coming down before the second race, but everybody came out to the races and our club needs to pay credit to the people that did come along.
“They could have easily stayed at home, but they did get there and when they got there, conditions were tough, but they made the most of it and enjoyed it.”
The racing was good, with favourites winning four races on the program, including popular commodity, Ready To Humble, taking out the time-honoured Snake Gully Cup for trainer Nick Olive and jockey Jeff Penza.
“My take on the racing was that it goes to show that these trainers travel from all over the state and want to win races here, and every single horse in each race had a big chance,” Crowe said.
“For us, it was good to see some good racing, and great to see Nick Olive win the Snake Gully Cup – he has been trying for 15 years and he deserves it.”
While the club didn’t host their Hair of the Dog meeting on Saturday due to the ongoing rain, Crowe was just happy to have made it through Friday’s meeting.
“There was a lot of rain forecast and a lot of people didn’t think we would race,” Crowe said.
“It’s disappointing about Saturday but the rain finally beat us, but it was good to be able to get through Friday for everyone involved.”