The race that stops Balranald

The race that stops Balranald will take place on Saturday with the running of the $12,500 Elders Balranald Cup.

The race that stops Balranald will take place on Saturday with the running of the $12,500 Elders Balranald Cup.

THE biggest day on Balranald Racing Club's calendar has arrived.

On Saturday, horse racing fans from across the region will flock to the town for the 2018 Elders Balranald Cup and Family Day Out.

Held at Greenham Park, the event will kick off at 11am, with a range of free activities to entertain children, and bar and TAB facilities for adults.

With six races held across the day, it's sure to be a fantastic event whether people are there to win big or just have a good time.

Last year saw record crowd numbers, with more than 600 people descending on Balranald for the event.

Balranald Racing Club treasurer Donna Renfrey said this year's event was expected to be just as popular.

"Now the weather looks better and we're expecting clear skies, we're hoping for 600 or over," Ms Renfrey said.

"There are a few people coming up from Melbourne, plus we're expecting big groups celebrating family reunions and birthdays too."

She said the event was a great boost for Balranald's economy.

"It's great because the whole town benefits; accommodation is booked out, the food places do fantastic business and even the petrol stations benefit," she said.

"There's really a flowon effect with these events bringing people into town and a lot of them explore the area while they're here."

The $12,500 Elders Balranald Cup (1400m) has attracted a capacity field, with Swan Hill trainer Con Kelly chasing his third straight win in the race following the success of Red Almighty and Ragged Keys.

Kelly saddles up Koop Creek, while fellow Swan Hill trainer Jane Duncan is hoping it will be third time lucky with her bonny mare House Of Stars.

House Of Stars has finished runner-up in the past two editions of the race.

Besides the racing, attendees can expect a wide range of entertainment to keep them occupied throughout the day.

For the first time ever, there will a special Barefoot and Backwards Beer Bolt after the final race which should provide a few laughs.

Live music will be provided by musician Glenn Martin, while Australia's number one whip-cracker Nathan Griggs will entertain crowds with his unique talent.

Children will be entertained with free activities such as face painting, a jumping castle, a sandpit and outdoor games.

"It's a real family day out and more casual than our Spring Races meet," she said.

"The free activities for children give parents the chance to relaxed enjoy the day."

Marquees and gazebo packages are still available for hire.

Tickets can be purchased on the gate at $20 for adults, while admission is free for children under the age of 17 accompanied by an adult.


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