ALBURY Racing Club will stage the first of its two spring meetings on Saturday before closing for six weeks to undergo drainage work.
The meeting will coincide with the bumper Caulfield Guineas meeting in Melbourne and Spring Champion Stakes at Royal Randwick.
The meeting has attracted 143 nominations for the seven race card.
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Albury will race again on Cox Plate day on October 26 with the track renovations scheduled to start the following week.
It was recommended by Racing NSW the track undertake rectification to improve drainage in the wake of the Albury Gold Cup being abandoned in March after a freak thunderstorm on cup morning left the track unsafe for racing.
As a result, the club will be unable to hold its traditional Melbourne Cup and Oaks day meetings this year.
As compensation, Racing NSW has scheduled a replacement meeting on Boxing Day.
The second replacement meeting date is yet to be determined.
Albury has never previously raced on Boxing Day.
Last year was the first time there was was no Boxing Day racing action on the Border after Wodonga and District Turf Club decided to scrap its long-running tradition.
The renovations are expected to be completed by December 7 and in time for the club to stage the first of its two highly popular festive meetings.
The second meeting is the following week.
Club chief, Steve Hetherton, said the club was promoting Saturday's meeting as a 'Girls Day Out.'
There will be half-price admission for all ladies and a complimentary drink on arrival for all gentlemen through the gate before 12.30pm.