Nowra Racecourse is an important circuit in the arsenal of Racing NSW and has a reputation for developing a competitive pool of talent at both regional and metropolitan level.

The course is situated only two hours outside of Sydney making it a perfect proving ground for country horses on their way to big city honours.

The fact trainers working out of Nowra Racecourse have only to travel two hours for big stakes races means the level of commitment and professionalism far outweighs what one would usually expect.

Nowra Racecourse is also known as Archer Racecourse and is operated by the Shoalhaven City Turf Club, a group that’s well known for going the extra mile to help out patrons both on and off the race track.

They host a variety of race days throughout the year and work hard to encourage the support of horse racing throughout the community.

The circuit itself in Nowra is good sized, it has a full circumference of 2019m and a home straight of 400m meaning horses can come from anywhere in the field.

They cater for events from 900m right through to 2400m with starts at regular intervals between those marks.

No doubt the feature event in the schedule at Nowra Racecourse is the annual Nowra Cup held on the ‘Girls Day Out’ card.

It’s hosted in late May each year and attracts a handy field of both local and travelling horses.

Other events of note throughout the year include the Mollymook Cup in October and the Greenwell Point Cup during April.