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Dear Subscriber,

Welcome to the June edition of our monthly newsletter from The Entertainment Grounds. We are pleased to bring you all of the news from The EG, from upcoming race days, events, trainers, functions and events.

The Entertainment Grounds is delighted to announce the 2018 / 2019 Gosford Racing Calendar featuring a new look Summer Series and Central Coast Carnival as well as an additional Saturday race day in the mix. VIEW 2018/19 RACE CALENDAR

Last month The Entertainment Grounds hosted an array of events including the Terrigal Wamberal Rugby League Football Club Race Day, Pandora Race Day, a number of corporate events, a trade exhibition, even a school talent show!

The Terrigal Wamberal Rugby League Football Club Race Day was held on Saturday 26th May and featured a strong eight race lineup and a number of local trainers competing. It has been a number of years since Gosford has seen a Saturday Race Day in the May and the weather could not be faulted with a beautiful, sunny 20 degree day! Just over 1,100 guests including a number of families, joined us for the live racing action, hospitality packages, live music and kids entertainment provided on the day. A free shuttle bus service was offered, operating between Gosford Train Station, Central Coast Stadium and The Entertainment Grounds. The Roosters V Titans NRL Game was held on the same afternoon at Central Coast Stadium, so ticket holders were offered free entry to the race day to entice them to both events.

The Pandora Race Day held on Thursday 31st May was unusually busy, with a number of seniors groups taking advantage of the $38.50 Lakeview Hospitality Package as well as the Pandora Committee taking six out of eight race sponsorships for the day. Moneywise also reserved a large area in the Lakeview Room.

The first weekend of June was a hive of activity for The Entertainment Grounds with the launch of the Aussie Nightmarkets on Friday 1st which saw around 4,000 guests come and enjoy the delicious flavours and sites of over 50 food trucks and boutique stalls. Although the night brought the first of the winter chills, it didn't seem to stop the crowds coming through. The Aussie Nightmarkets will be held at The Entertainment Grounds on the first Friday of every month from 5pm to 10pm.

Sydney Comedy Club returned to The EG on Saturday 2nd June with a SOLD OUT show! Featuring hilarious comedians Julia Wilson, Cameron James and Darren Sanders. Over 200 guests filled the Panorama Lounge for a night of laughs and delicious platters. The next comedy night will be held on Saturday 14th July featuring  Peter Meisel, Rowan Thambar and Alan Glover. A Members Special offering $15 tickets (normally $25 for pre-sale) will run for a limited time only, so don't miss out! Contact the the Raceday Office on 02 4325 0461 to take advantage of the Members Special. For more information or to book, CLICK HERE

Next up on the racing calendar is the RushSports Race Day, this Thursday 14th June. For more information or to book one of our delicious hospitality packages CLICK HERE

TIME TO RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP!
Renew your Membership before June 30, 2018 and pay only $49 for over $550 of benefits!

Membership Benefits
Racecourse admission and members lounge 
Access for 24 race meetings until June 30, 2019
Invitation to the Spring Members Cocktail Function
Member voting rights for members who retain a memberships for a continuous period of one year or more
NEW! Member Referral Bonus ~ Receive a $15 hospitality voucher for each member you refer to join (offer valid until August 31 2018)

Regular email alerts
Reciprocal privileges with other Clubs

Plus!
Two (2) gate entry passes and members guest vouchers to give to friends or family*
Two (2) race book vouchers
Locally based Members, whose postcode falls between 2250 and 2260 inclusive, will receive four (4) gate entry and members guest vouchers plus four (4) race book vouchers.

NEW Racing Calendar
The 2018/19 Racing Calendar includes an additional Saturday Race Day + a new look Central Coast Carnival!

* Raceday restrictions apply
CLICK HERE TO RENEW ONLINE
NOT A MEMBER?
Join now for just $59 and receive a bonus raceday (Thursday 14th June)

FULL MEMBERSHIP ~ $59
(Valid until July 31st 2019)


A Guest Badge may be purchased for an additional $69, maximum of one (1) per financial Member.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP ONLINE
A WORD FROM CEO - DANIEL LACEY
"May saw us host two quick succession racedays on Saturday 26th and then on Thursday 31st. The Saturday raceday was a new one on our calendar and represents our push to present a racing programme that appeals to many different demographics and allows more access to racing other than midweeks. Unfortunately for us the NRL decided to host a game at Central Coast Stadium that kicked off at 3pm. This event severely impacted our crowd numbers, with that said we still welcomed over 1,100 patrons onsite which is a significant increase to a midweek. I have notified the NRL as to Gosford's 2018/19 racedates, to try to avoid this recurring. However, I know a conflicting Provincial raceday is not high on their agenda when scheduling games. 

Gosford was well represented on the 26th with nine (9) runners in contention, Tony Newings ‘Balmaceda’ took out first in the second race, Kylie Gavenlocks ‘The Big Vin’ narrowly came in second in the first race and Angela Davies ‘Sir Magic’ taking out third in the seventh. Congratulations to all involved. There has really been an upsurge in the quantity of Gosford trained horses, not only starting races but winning. Tony Newing in particular is on a hot streak with a number of subsequent wins of late. 

On the 31st, whilst there were no Gosford winners, there was a brace of seconds with Jim Louizos’s ‘Danzibar Dancer’ in the third race with local Jenny Duggan riding and Gill Slattery’s ‘Dancing Phryne’ in the fifth. We now round out the racing year next Thursday, the 14th  June. 

You all should have received your membership renewals in the mail by now. The Board has kept the same pricing for the 2018/19 Membership as the previous year, at $59. However, for all current Members who renew in June there is an early bird discount of $10 on offer bringing the cost of the membership down to $49. The Club has a limit of 1,000 financial memberships available and we were very close to that number this year and I would expect us to reach our limit within the 2018/19 season. So to secure your ongoing membership I do urge you to renew before your current membership lapses on 31 August 2018. 

We are currently reviewing our membership offering and will be adding even greater value to the 2018/2019 Gosford Race Club Membership, so please keep an eye out for upcoming discounts and promotions. The racing calendar for 2018/19 has now been finalised (barring any forced changes) and I am pleased to announce that we have managed to secure a further Saturday race meet with Saturday 23rd February now forming part of our calendar. This now brings our total of Saturday racedates to five (5) plus the December Saturday picnic meeting. There was a Board directive to seek a more balanced programme and I would like to thank RNSW for their assistance in us achieving this goal.

I would like to notify all Members that we will not be selling Members Guest day passes into the Members area for all Saturday’s and our feature dates for 2018/19, however Members will still be able to utilise their free passes that are included with your membership (some restrictions do apply). The Board understands that the Members area is extremely popular and rightfully so, thus this restriction is in place to ensure that Members have an enjoyable raceday experience without consistent overcrowding. 

I would also like to let all current Members know we are going to offer a referral bonus of a $15 hospitality credit for all new Member sign ups until 31 August 2018. So if you have a friend who you buy day passes for, get them signed up and enjoy some free hospitality on us (please note the $15 is only for use in the Panorama Lounge bar and café, credit will be added to your Members card and can be redeemed at time of purchase).
 
With regards to training, the main training track underwent a minor renovation with additional binder being added. This has allowed additional give in the track and provides cushioning to impact. 

The Lakeview Rooms minor renovation is now complete with a new ceiling, lighting, speakers, televisions, bar counters and general painting. 
 
Finally congratulations to all Gosford Trainers and owners who picked up wins in May."
UPCOMING RACE DAYS
UPCOMING EVENTS AT THE ENTERTAINMENT GROUNDS

CHRISTMAS IN JULY RACE DAY

SATURDAY 28TH JULY

***SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE***

Gates Open 11.00am
First Race 12:04pm
Last Race 4:24pm

General Admission is $10 for Adults & $5 for Concessions
Children under 17 years old are free when accompanied by an adult.



HOSPITALITY PACKAGES

PANORAMA LOUNGE PACKAGE ~ SOLD OUT!
Members $70 / Non Members $90
Includes: 3 course luncheon (Entree, Main & Dessert), racecourse entry & racebook

LAKEVIEW PACKAGE
$125 per person
Includes: 3 course luncheon (Entree, Main, Dessert), five hour beverage package, racecourse entry & racebook  VIEW MENU

OPEN TERRACE PACKAGE
$155 per person
Minimum 10 person booking
Includes delicious platters to share, five hour standard beverage package, exclusive open terrace for 10 people, a racebook and racecourse entry


LAKEVIEW RESERVED TABLE & PLATTERS
$360 (table of 6 or $60pp)
Includes a reserved table in the Lakeview Room, delicious share platters, racecourse entry and racebooks


For more information please contact The Entertainment Grounds directly on 02 4325 0461 or email info@theentertainmentgrounds.com.au

SATURDAY 14 JULY
AT THE ENTERTAINMENT GROUNDS

Featuring well-known comedians; Peter Meisel, Rowan Thambar and Alan Glover

DOORS OPEN 6.30PM ~ SHOW STARTS AT 8.00PM

Tickets $25 OR purchase your tickets at the door for $30



*** MEMBERS SPECIAL ***

LIMITED TIME ONLY

MEMBERS PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE SPECIAL PRICE OF JUST $15!


*Limit 5 per member.
CLICK HERE // TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
HOSPITALITY OPTIONS

Platters are available to purchase on the night or pre-purchase today with your tickets!
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE PLATTER MENU

FIRST FRIDAY OF EVERY MONTH
5PM T0 10PM

OVER 50 DIFFERENT FOOD TRUCKS & BOUTIQUE STALLS

FREE ENTRY!

BBQ, Spanish Pupusa, Woodfired Pizza, Pasta, Rolls, Grilled burgers, Filipino Skewers, Dumplings, Paella, Indian Currys, Hotdog, Chips, Gozleme, Chinese, Asian foods, Ice Cream filled pastry cones, Deep fried goodies, Gourmet candyfloss, Churros, Waffles, Dutch pancakes, donuts AND MORE!

Kids entertainment & amusement rides
Onsite bar
Infield open for parking
CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION
A WORD FROM THE EVENTS TEAM - DAVID SHANAHAN
“May had a number of amazing events which really showcased the versatility of our venue. Starting with 280 delegates who attended a Central Coast Council meeting for the Department of Roads, so many high vis vests! This was followed by a concert being thrown by students from Henry Kendall school which saw multiple school bands playing in front of family and friends. Finishing up the month with an exhibition for Master Builders utilising the betting ring and Panorama Lounge.

At the time of writing this we have just hosted the first Aussie Nightmarkets which was on Friday the 1st June with over 50 stalls, trucks and spaces of food, drinks and retail. A good turnout of approximately 4,000 people came in spite of the cold and windy night.

Lastly, we are looking forward to hosting the Sydney North Schools Sport Association Cross Country. Over 1,000 kids will take part, running laps of the track.”

 
RACING REPORT
LOCAL TRAINER WINS IN MAY


Kylie Gavenlock
17/05/2018                             Nikkas 'N' Twist                            Race 7 Kembla Grange
 
Grant Allard
22/05/2018                             Americana Magic                         Race 8 Wyong      

Jim Louizos
14/05/2018                             Donald Krupt                                Race 5 Taree

Tony Newing                           
6/5/2018                                 Balmaceda                                   Race 4 Dubbo
6/5/2018                                 Social Pirate                                 Race 6 Dubbo
26/5/2018                               Balmaceda                                   Race 2 Gosford                                                            

*Data collected from https://www.racingandsports.com.au/trainer on June 7 at 11:40am

GOSFORD TRAINERS PREMIERSHIP 2017 - 2018
 
  Metro Provincial  Country Total Prizemoney
Angela Davies 1 1 8 10 $249,992
Tony Newing 0 4 5 9 $155,905
Kylie Gavenlock 0 3 5 8 $207,745
Adam Duggan 0 3 5 8 $101,565
Gregory Mcfarlane 1 1 4 6 $166,830
Nick Mitchell 0 1 3 4 $126,373
Natasha Hall- Antonio 0 1 3 4 $67,930
Ken Parker 0 1 2 3 $61,960
Jim Louizos 0 0 3 3 $45,685
Fred Cowell 0 2 0 2 $182,860
Grant Allard 0 2 0 2 $81,635
Carmen Murnane 0 0 2 2 $79,580
Luke Hilton 0 1 1 2 $47,990
Albert Stapleford 0 1 1 2 $18,820
Neil Ward 0 0 0 0 $6,230
Tina Rogers 0 0 0 0 $500

The Gosford Trainers Premiership will run from 1st August 2017 until 31st July 2018.

*Last updated at 11:40am on Thursday 7th June from https://www.racingandsports.com.au/trainer


A WORD FROM THE TRACK MANAGER - STEPHEN SCOLLARD
"The cool weather has finally arrived and with that comes a dramatic reduction in the growth and recovery of the grass. However, we head into the winter months with a strong and healthy coverage, which is a positive sign.

Recent renovation works in the Cusick Stand are complete for the time being with the room looking a lot fresher." 


GOSFORD TRAINERS SPOTLIGHT: JIM LOUIZOS
Jim’s first love of horses came when he was just 9 years old, introduced by his grandfather who had a couple of horses. His second passion was professional soccer with Sydney Olympic, which clearly demonstrated his competitiveness in sports.

After selling his successful hardware business in Sydney, Jim relocated to Gosford chasing his passion and the love of horses, purchasing a home with acres in Central Mangrove.

Jim started off strapping for John Small (Past Gosford trainer) and assisting him with breaking in horses, back in 1995. This gave him the foundation to branch out on his own soon after.


He started with a small team of their own bred horses, having success and enjoyment along the way. They continue to run as a small team with only Jim and his wife Freda as support, working in a stable of 6 horses on the corner of Faunce Street & Blackett Street, known as Park Regent Racing Stables.

In 2002 Jim started training as an owner trainer, and in 2016 increased his trainers licence to public trainer after being approached by owners to train their horses. This started with three horses purchased for $6,000 in total and Jim winning the owners over $100,000 in prize money!

Jim's first winner was their own home bred horse ‘Spirit of Platanos’ in 2004 (by our own Stallion ‘Variety Road’ and out of our own Mares ‘Soterae’ and ‘Park Regent’). Since then Jim has picked up wins on country tracks including, Taree, Muswellbrook, Coffs Harbour, Forster/Tuncurry, through to the Provincials, winning numerous races at Gosford, Newcastle, and Hawkesbury.  Jim also had runners place in Sydney.

Out of Jim's last 10 runners, he has had a total of 3 wins with the most recent on the 14th May at Taree with Donald Krupt.

Jim's current horses in work are Danzibar Dancer, Sadah (both maidens) and a couple of nice, unraced 2 year old’s, one in particular showing a lot of promise. Jim and Freda now have owners involved with all their horses.


"Gosford racecourse is a beautiful place to train, it is picturesque and the atmosphere at the track makes it a pleasure to wake up early each morning to be a part of this environment. The different personalities there each day, including trainers like Albert Stapleford who continues to offer his knowledge, Fred Cowell also very insightful, Gil Slattery always with good stories to tell, a current trainer who I remember as a young bloke becoming foreman and now trainer, Adam Duggan, Grant Allard included, and all the other trainers who have been there for 20 years or more, the new faces that come and go, there is never a dull moment at Gosford Racetrack.

"One thing that is for sure is that everyone is helpful when needed, we continuously learn something new each day, yes it is a competitive occupation and there are certainly lots of hard times and struggles, but when it's good it’s great."  - Said trainer, Jim Louizos

"Attending the trainers meeting recently and hearing that we may be getting $8M for upgrades needed for the track, including additional stabling facilities for 120 horses, 
was very reassuring and positive moving forward"  - Continued Louizos.

Pictured Below: Donald Krupt taking out race 5 at Taree on the 14th May, 2018
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