The 2015 Forbes Cup sees the Forbes Jockey Club celebrate the 20 anniversary of a special partnership between a bush race club and city racing enthusiasts. Twenty years ago a small contingent of members from the Bankstown Sports Club attended the Forbes Cup. Two decades later attendees from the Bankstown Sports Club form the backbone of the meeting, providing welcome numbers through the gates along with assistance with the sponsorship and the logistics of the meeting. Approximately 200 members of the club are set to invade the small town of Forbes for the relaxed atmosphere and country hospitality.
“The Forbes Jockey Club is extremely excited to be celebrating our 20 year partnership with the Bankstown Sports Club,” said the Secretary of the Forbes Jockey Club Blake Nicholson. “They’ve been coming for over twenty years and really have made a massive contribution to the success of our meeting. More than that, we’ve formed many strong friendships with our mates from Bankstown.”
The 2014 edition of the Forbes Cup saw the Gino D’Altorio trained Sonro lump a massive 61 kilograms to claim the $25,000 cheque. The meeting attracted entries from Moruya, Griffith, Dubbo, Queanbeyan and Hawkesbury. Organisers are confident of similarly strong fields for this year’s edition. As part of the celebrations the Carlton and United Breweries Clydesdales will be in attendance for the meeting along with Member for Orange Andrew Gee. The committee has invited Racing Minister Troy Grant and are confident of his attendance.
The Calcutta held the evening before the races always proves a highlight and has become one of the largest in country NSW.