2017 Winning Wednesday – The Town Embraces The New Muswellbrook Gold Cup

On Friday 8 December 2017, the Muswellbrook Gold Cup was run under a new date and an increase in prize money with the highlight being the 1500m Muswellbrook Cup (prize money now of $100,000). This day is now not just a race day but building into something quite amazing and is definitely bringing the whole community together.

Thoroughbred Events Australia was so proud to be amongst it all, not only running the Fashions on the Field but hosting the Parade Ring Marquee to approx. 70 guests.

Muswellbrook is a town situated on the banks of the beautiful Hunter River and is about 243 km north of Sydney (approximately 3 hours) with a population of around 12,000 people. This region is known for its horse breeding and coal mining and now the two are embarking on trying to live together in harmony.  At the helm of all this is Michael Johnsen MP for the Upper Hunter who so kindly also accepted our invitation to be a special guest at MRS Services Group Muswellbrook Gold Cup race day.  Michael outshone his duties as he officially opened the start of the day in the Parade Ring Marquee and further so kindly lent a hand in raising money for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC).  All money raised in the marquee would assist this institute in the local community.

But Michael’s duties did not stop there. The MP also mingled with all guests not only in our marquee but also the VIP room.

Michael then took centre stage and presented flowers to the winners of fashions on the field.  What an honour it all was for the community.

To continue the winning way, it was fabulous to see so many people enjoy the day and a group that shone was the team from Raine & Horne Muswellbrook. We had the pleasure of chatting with the winners of the men’s section.  Grant Jupe so kindly agreed to be part of our Winning Wednesday – this is why the community is flourishing.

Hi Grant, Just could not help noticing how much you are enjoying your day. Let’s get to know you more:

What is your role at Raine & Horne?

I am owner and licensee in charge at Raine & Horne Muswellbrook.

What made you organise your Xmas party at Muswellbrook race club?

The Muswellbrook Gold Cup is always a great day out, now that it is in December, we thought it was a great way to reward our team after a busy year.

How many in your team and did everyone attend?

All of our staff were there (6), plus partners and friends, we brought 16 people along and booked a pagoda for the day.

What do you enjoy most about a day at the races?

The atmosphere at a classic County Races can’t be beaten. Good times with good friends and competitive racing in a great setting

Did your group go out shopping for a specific outfit for the day as you all look amazing?

Anthony and I both got new outfits for the Muswellbrook Cup. Anthony’s outfit was from David Jones and my suit was from Oxford men’s wear.

Did you have a bet?

We did enjoy a bit of a punt but luck was not on our side this year.

What made you enter fashions?

It’s always a bit of fun and what better way to get into the spirit of Country Racing.

Do you have a favourite place to go after the races? Why?

We ended up back at Eatons Hotel after the races. It’s an excellent venue with lovely staff. Always a great way to end a great day.

So, do you think you will be enticed back again next year?

Yep, we will be back. The staff loved spending their Christmas party at the Cup, so we may look into that again for next year.

Thank you so much Grant for your time.

We would also like to thank all the other businesses that attended this day.

Thoroughbred Events Australia would personally like to thank Pumps and Pipeline Services for sponsoring the Fashions on the Field. To have a significant CASH bonus certainly attracted more people to enter.

AND LAST but not least, our sincerely gratitude goes to Muswellbrook Race Club. You continue to outdo yourself each year:  General Manager – Duane Dowell, Board Of Directors – John Sunderland (Chairman), Keith Googe (Vice Chairman), Helen Sinclair (Treasurer), Jim Rodger,  Wayne Bedggood, Jonathon McTaggart, Cecelia O’Gorman, Ross Peasley & Chris March. To their amazing staff: Steve Bottomley (Track Manager), Kristie Corbett (Executive Assistant), Bob Purvis (Track Maintenance), Garry Fraser (Track Maintenance), Dorothy Robinson (Trackwork Supervisor and Gardens) & Dominic Cooper (Apprentice Track Curator).

The town of Muswellbrook certainly EMBRACED the successful 2017 Gold Cup.


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