WHILE the Soldiers Saddle Race Day was still held in 2020, Tyers Park resembled a ghost town with crowds ruled out thanks to the outbreak of COVID-19. One year later, and the track will once again be bristling with activity as patrons and punters alike are welcomed back to the annual Anzac Day event.
General Manager for Bathurst Thoroughbred Racing, Michelle Tarpenning, said she was excited to have people back at the track. "It's going to be a great day and we really can't wait to see people coming back through the gates. She said. "We still have to adhere to the two square metre rule, so while we will only be at about 50 per cent capacity, it will still be an amazing day out for everyone."
Ticket sales for the Soldiers Saddle have been strong with the VIP section selling out two weeks before the event. Approximately 2500 people will be allowed in on race day and Michelle said the crowd won't be disappointed.
"We have some strong races on the card and along with that a variety of entertainment and hospitality on offer," she said. "2020 was disappointing so we are excited that we get to have people at the races again, but also that we get to celebrate Anzac Day and remember those who served and those who have fallen.
"Our official ceremony is a touching tribute to those loved ones and also gives people who may not have been able or allowed to attend dawn services, a chance to remember our soldiers and reflect during the minutes silence."
Tickets are available online, gates open at 11am with buses running from the Bathurst Courthouse from 12pm.