GHOSTLY GALLOPERS: King Bermuda winning the Primac Improver Handicap over 1000m on April 16, 1988. The last race meet held at Alpha’s Fordham Park track was in 2002.
GHOSTLY GALLOPERS: King Bermuda winning the Primac Improver Handicap over 1000m on April 16, 1988. The last race meet held at Alpha’s Fordham Park track was in 2002. Contributed

Alpha races revitalised

AFTER thousands of volunteer hours to spruce up the track and surrounds, the Alpha Jockey Club is holding its first race meeting at Fordham Park in more than 10 years.

This Saturday will see racing return to the country town and locals could not be more excited about the Alpha Community Cup.

The day boasts a six-card race meeting with $77,500 prizemoney to be won, plus plenty of entertainment and overnight camping for race-goers to make the most of the event.

As Alpha Jockey Club president Kevin Wiltshire said, the races are on everybody's lips.

"We received 98 horse nominations but we can only start 60," he said.

"It was unbelievable with the amount of nominations for the horse side of things.

"It will be a great day of racing."

The last race meeting was held in 2002 and as the club did not have enough starters the following year, the meeting was deemed unviable and cancelled.

Last year, under a decision by the new State Government to revitalise country racing, the Central Western Racing Association was offered an extra race meeting and CWRA president Gary Peoples contacted Mr Wiltshire.

He said a meeting of 37 people decided to reform the club to accept the offer.

"We haven't looked back since," Wiltshire said.

"It's unbelievable the support we've had from sponsors and the community. We practically had to redo the whole complex."