The Brewarrina Jockey Club lies over 700km North West from Sydney at the point where it is generally accepted that the Barwon River ends and the Darling River begins, the area has a long Indigenous Australian history and once was the meeting ground for thousands of tribal people.
Brewarrina early records give details of tremendous wool clips from the surrounding sheep stations, “Boorooma” Station at one time employed 117 shearers to shear its flock of 300,000 sheep with the wool being moved by barge on the river. The coming of Cobb & Co coach service helped Brewarrina be a boom town by 1870 and then the coming of the railway in 1901 allowed the movement of equipment, wool, stock and people.
The first racing around Brewarrina started with the Brewarrina Picnic Races, with the first documented race meeting being held on 20th June 1907, the format expanded to two consecutive days in 1913 and continued on into the early 1960’s except for World War One and Two.
The Brewarrina Jockey Club was formed in 22nd November 1966 and the inaugural meeting was a five race programme held on 15th April 1967. In 1975, the Brewarrina Cup was introduced and won by “Rocky Rhythm” owned by MR & Mrs Carter and trained by L Scott from Dubbo.
2016, now sees the renaming of the Brewarrina Jockey Club race meeting to “Cod Cup”. This day is not only about racing but also colour and playful sophistication with over $3000 in prizes in Fashions on the Field and chance of winning prizes valued at $500 in the Balloon Race.
There will be a bar, BBQ, bookmakers and TAB facilities with CWA luncheon, there will be prizes valued at $500 in the Lucky gate prize, lucky Race Book number and raffle with an Engel Fridge, tickets to Magic Million and tickets to State of as raffle prizes.