GILGANDRA'S annual new year racing carnival is set to be that little bit more special next month, with home-town race caller Bob Foran preparing to call his 60th Gilgandra Cup.
Foran has been a stalwart of the Gilgandra and western NSW racing scene as a caller, trainer, owner and even trackwork rider.
President of Gilgandra Jockey Club (GJC), Andrew Schier said the community and local racing industry is keen to ensure Foran's landmark call is something to remember.
"The club is holding a calcutta night at the racecourse on Saturday, January 3, and we will take the opportunity to recognise Bob's 60th call and also his service to the racing industry over the past seven decades," Schier said.
"We want to allow Bob to focus on his call of the Cup on Sunday, so I encourage all those people that know Bob to come along to Gilgandra for both the calcutta and the Cup meeting."
Next year will be a big year for the Gilgandra community with the centenary of the 1915 Coo-ee March. To mark this event the GJC will launch a new race, the Coo-ee Cup, to be run over 1800m.
Just to add to the day, leading jockey Greg Ryan will make his second attempt at winning his 10th Gilgandra Cup.
"Bob has given so much to the racing industry and I would love to see a really good crowd on hand to add to the atmosphere and make it a special day," Schier said.
For information in the lead up to the Gilgandra Cup follow the Gilgandra Jockey Club page on Facebook.