Rain spoiled the party for Orange race fans but officials remain hopeful they can attract top Sydney jockeys Hugh Bowman and Nash Rawiller to the country NSW track.
Bowman and Rawiller were set to ride at Racing Orange’s TAB meeting last Friday but wet weather forced the fixture to be postponed until Monday.
The two high-profile jockeys were also booked for mounts at the re-scheduled meeting until it was abandoned.
“I’ve spoken to the committee member that has been dealing with Nash and Hugh and he said both jockeys are happy to help the club again if it can be scheduled for a time when they are free,” Racing Orange’s executive officer Kyle Manning said.
“They’ve made no promises but they have been fantastic.
“It would have been great to have had them out here. Not only did they make themselves available to ride here last Friday but they would have been available to come out today (Monday).
“They put their schedules on hold for us and we appreciate that.”
Bowman hails from the NSW country town of Dunedoo and rode many winners at Orange during his apprenticeship.
Between them, Rawiller and Bowman have won the past three Sydney jockeys’ premierships.