TODAY is a big day for Racing Orange on two fronts.
The board will usher in the 2013-14 season with its first TAB meeting, while Racing Orange chair Ellie Brown will head to Sydney for the 2013 Country and Provincial Racing Awards night at the Four Seasons Hotel.
Racing Orange was a nominee for the Simon Nivison Special Achievement Award following a spectacular season just gone, with the club enjoying a bumper year on and off the track at Towac Park.
“We’re absolutely, really, really proud,” Brown said of the achievement.
“It’s a big effort, from the trainers to the ground staff, to the people on the board and then everyone who has come out to Towac and made it what it is.
“We’ve got our fingers crossed but it’s a big thank you to everyone.”
Acceptances for today’s meeting were taken on Wednesday, with the board thrilled to welcome former South Australian trainer Sam Kavanagh to Towac.
The son of Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Mark, Sam Kavanagh will bring three chances - Hereford in the first, Nautile in the second and Tennessee in the fourth - to Orange today.
A host of Orange trainers led by Alison Smith, Sylvia Szabo and Lee Van Den Bos are also set to run in this season’s first meet.
“I know the nominations were fantastic,” Brown said.
“We’ve been doing lot’s of work to get prepared for the upcoming season and then Melbourne Cup day. We’ll be seeing how everything works again.
“We’ve got the Thoroughbred Shed and the Yearlings Bar, (Melbourne Cup day) is going to be a busy day.”
Brown was obviously elated to have the club recognised for its efforts over the course of the last year, and they plan to keep moving forward.
“Basically we keep trying to improve and try to keep building,” she said.
“We’ve got a number of partnerships with local businesses but there’s still lot’s to be done.”
Brown expected a relatively modest crowd for the first meeting of the year, with the gates opening prior to race one, the Anthony Old Plumping Class One and Maiden Plate (1600 metres), at 1.13pm today.
The last, race eight 4Tracks4Kids Benchmark 65 Handicap (1000 metres), jumps at 5.35pm.