Cup day shot in the arm for Pingrup

Cameron NewboldGreat Southern Herald
The Pingrup Cup.
Camera IconThe Pingrup Cup. Credit: Gemma Lee Photography

Hundreds of spectators are expected to converge on Pingrup for their annual race day this Saturday, featuring the best that country racing has to offer.

The Pingrup Race Club has been running a meeting once a year since 1932, boasting a traditional outside bar, fashions on the field, entertainment throughout the day and two-up in the evening.

Six races will be held on Saturday, headlined by the historic Murray Reid Memorial Cup.

The meeting starts at 1pm with the first race likely to be around 1.30pm, and there are a range of activities on during the day including fun activities for the kids, a football scratch match from 11am and live music from 4pm and two-up. The bar will be open until 8pm.

Pingrup Race Club’s Alan Smith, also a local trainer, said a strong crowd was expected.

“We usually have 400-500 people here so, hopefully, the same sort of result this year,” Smith said. “It’s very much a country event, there are no corporate areas or anything like that, everyone just joins in together and it’s an opportunity for the community to have a day out.

“We’ve been racing since 1932, a tradition we are trying to keep going and it’s always a great day out.”

Pingrup Race Club president Gordon Keay will start Pure Gem in the feature race, holding the local hopes of a win while Smith will also have a couple of runners on the program.

Community TAB and Pingrup Race Club will join forces on the day to raise funds for the Pingrup Community Resource Centre at the annual race day.

Funds will be raised on the day through the PCRC collecting commission from the ATM cash facility and organising the kids’ activity day which is a new addition to the race day.

The Pingrup Race Club said the chance for community fundraising, given their small number of residents, was a real boost.

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