Free race entry to please punters

THE Clarence River Jockey Club (CRJC) will open its doors on race day on Monday – but don’t expect the charity to last.

A decision last week to allow free entry to the Anzac long weekend meet means around 100 extra punters will stroll through the gates.

But the late announcement to dismiss cover charges is not expected to be a long-term proposition. CRJC CEO Bradley de Martino Rosaroll says the move was made as a one-off for race-goers.

“Just with Anzac Day being the day before we just thought it would be a nice gesture to open the gates for the public,” he said.

“It (Monday’s race day) is not necessarily a major financial boost to the club.

“Traditionally the first day in July’s racing carnival is an open day as well. It wasn’t something we had been playing for a long time.”

The members stand will be open to all in attendance – with the usual dress regulations still applying – and a jumping castle should attract extra attention. But de Martino Rosaroll is not putting a figure on what his club’s gesture could reap.

“It’s always a hard one to judge (how many punters might come),” he said. “Just another 100 would be fantastic.”

The CRJC will celebrate 150 years in September.



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