The Narromine Turf Club stepped into the future at the Memorial Races on Saturday.
Troy Grant and Carolyn Egan at the opening of the Douglas Egan Memorial Stalls. Photo: GRACE RYAN
The Douglas Egan Memorial Stalls were opened and in use for the seven-race event.
Member for Dubbo and the Minister for Racing, Troy Grant opened the stalls with Douglas Egan’s wife Carolyn Egan.
“It’s an enormous privilege to open these stalls,” he said.
“The Narromine Turf Club stands in good stead for the future.”
Mrs Egan said the turf club was very special to Mr Egan.
“I used to call the turf club his other wife, he had such a love of it. Today ticks one of his goals leading to more racing in Narromine. He would say ‘about time’,” she said.
“Thankyou for all your support to the family, you’re all such great mates of his.
“It’s an honour to have the stalls in his name. We pulled the right reins when we chose to live in Narromine eight years ago,” she concluded.
Committee member Matt Barrett said it’s a great addition to the club and it was a team effort to fund the project.
“Everyone has put in from the committee to the highest level of government,” he said.
The Memorial Day remembered deceased clubmen who had contributed to the Narromine Turf Club.
Jockey Ian Newbigging, breeder Phillip Redden, horse owner Alan Lloyd, the recently passed Les Gibson and Douglas Egan were all acknowledged for their contributions.
Families of the men were invited to the race meeting and a special lunch in their honour was held and arace was named after each of the men.
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