One of the most exciting annual events in the Snowy Mountains are the Adaminaby Races. As one of the biggest social events of the season - held every November - more than 2,000 spectators gather for an exciting day of country racing that makes the entire region so special.
Gathering at the Track
The featured event on race day is the Snowgoose Cup, and the horse who wins on this day enters Adaminaby racing folklore. Besides the great track, friendly atmosphere and thousands of patrons clamouring to get a glimpse of the horses, this is a thrilling day of racing that truly draws the community as well as travellers together for the love of the sport.
Buses are also available for patrons who may be booking accommodation in Adaminaby from the local iconic 10-meter structure known as the Big Trout. Transport will be provided every 15 minutes to and from the race track.
Place Your Bets and Dress to the Nines!
Of course, as with any proper horse racing event, there will be bookmakers that operate the local and metropolitan races, as well as an on-course tote. Be warned: There are no ATMs or EFTPOS facilities available on-site, so make sure to bring plenty of cash beforehand if you want to place some bets or purchase a round of drinks.
One of best things about any horse race is the corresponding fashions that go along with it. Make sure to wear your best outfit, bring an Australian flag and if you're a lady - the bigger the hat the better. Some spectators are even known to dress up in colourful costumes for the event, so depending on how festive you plan on getting during the day, you have plenty of options when it comes to attire.
On the Friday before the races begin, the Adaminaby Bowling and Sports Club hosts the Adaminaby Cup Calcutta, which is essentially a festive horse auction. During the event, patrons bid against one another for their favourite horse. At the end on the event, all of the final bids are tallied into one pool, and the lucky one who bids on the winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd place horses will receive a prize of the pooled money.
Although in this auction no one actually takes their favourite horse home, it is a great way to make the event more exciting - so why not try it? You are on holiday, after all! Book your trip now!
Note: All dates & information in the above article were correct as of September 4th 2013