Saturday a sure bet

THE Coffs Harbour Racing Club will break new ground on Easter Saturday with an inaugural Saturday TAB meeting.

Aligned with the AJC Derby meeting at Randwick, the date is traditionally associated with the Coffs Ex-Services Club and race club chief executive Sherryn Tutt said both organisations have a greater incentive to make this landmark day extra special.

"We've always wanted to put Saturday TAB days on the calendar but the dates haven't been available," she said.

"One priority is looking at how experienced clubs have conducted these meetings and seeing if we can make improvements."

While a seven-race card is pencilled in for April 15, Tutt said other combinations were being considered for the future.

"One possibility is an earlier start around 11.30am that ties in with New Zealand racing," she said.

"We might also consider a number of non-TAB races on the program before or after the full coverage begins."

Tutt admits she has no evidence what difference in turnover will result from a Saturday fixture.

"The club has vast experience racing on Sundays and midweek dates, but this is something entirely new.

"Other clubs have reported a fall in revenue when competing with metropolitan meetings, while others say their percentage is about the same, but we have to give the concept a try.

"With the right promotion between ourselves and the Ex-Services Club, I'm certain the day will be a success."

Nambucca River Jockey Club has also been granted a Saturday TAB race date on June 3.

That meeting has already been transferred from the Bowraville track to Coffs Harbour.

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