Public Holidays were once lock-ins as big race days but, as evidenced again on Thursday, city clubs have conceded to modern trends with most not bothering to stage meetings of any significance, if indeed at all.
Qld and WA have no metrop fixture whilst Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide push on despite reduced profiles and dwindling crowds.
Boxing Day remains, however, a focus of many small clubs – for example, the Drouin picnics are an institution here in Victoria.
RNSW stage 11 meetings across their state with some resort towns pitching to the summer influx – though, unless the weather went foul I reckon the Pambula Cup might be a tough sell to a family starting a beach holiday!
Racing Queensland, as usual, has disparate options. Caloundra is warming up for the MMs in a couple of weeks, there’s a Cup Day at Calliope (near Gladstone) and 4 races for those visiting the Atherton Tablelands at the quaint, historic Mareeba track.
I’ll be at Caulfield. The main race (MR7, 1200m) is actually a good field and the support is not too bad. If, like in my youth, you sit around on Xmas afternoon dissecting the next day’s options, here are some early Quaddy considerations:-
MR5- 10 from 8
MR6- 4, 5
MR7- Excellent race. 3 and 5. Hope the toppy gets through.
Acceptors for Money Valley on Saturday are released tomorrow (Tuesday). I’ll try to take a squizz at lunchtime, otherwise will again rely on others’ tips and goss – very likely plenty to be gathered either at the Heath on Thursday or at the MCG Friday.