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The Tamworth Jockey Club will be hosting a “short and precise” race day on January 1st. TJC chief executive Michael Buckley described the non-TAB meeting as “almost a great form of racing” with a late start for punters looking to kick off the New Year at the races. “We’re going to need people to dust off after a New Years Eve, hopefully calm and responsible enough,” Buckley said. “The plan is to open the gates around 1:00 p.m., start the race at 3:00 p.m. and end the race at 5:00 p.m.” “It’ll be kind of a short, to-the-point race meeting – a quick shot. That should be good.” The TJC were offered the New Years reunion after the Wallabadah Jockey Club made the difficult decision to no longer hold meetings on their track due to safety concerns related to the course’s unique incline. The Wallabadah committee were offered to host the meeting in Tamworth or Quirindi, but declined, which is when TJC came on the scene, Buckley said. “Since there was a shortfall, Racing NSW approached Tamworth to set up a non-TAB meeting which is in no way involved with Wallabadah,” Buckley said. Buckley said he felt for the community of Wallabadah. “We are certainly thinking of the Wallabadah team. They have been shockingly lucky over the past few years with drought and covid ruining their chances of racing in 2020 and 2021,” he said. The general manager of the TJC was hoping that people will come to the races on New Years Day next year. “I think this is a good opportunity for the people of Tamworth to go out again and enjoy a day at the races,” Buckley said. Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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