The unusually named village of Come by Chance is situated on the Baradine Creek in the Walgett Shire of NSW, with the name originating from a local property, Come-by-Chance station.
In late September every year, thousands – and the odd horse or two – converge on the tiny settlement to cheer home the winner of the Come-By-Chance Picnic Cup (1400m).
Racing began at Come-By-Chance mid-way through last century and has thrived ever since.
“The club’s been racing for at least 55 years,” “It was started by locals and one of them used to own Brooklyn Maid which at one stage was one of the favourites for the Golden Slipper. “Most stations back then had horses and the jackaroos used to ride work for the owners, so the racing evolved from that.”
In recent years the main attraction is of course the racing but it is also a great family day out with novelty races and activities for the kiddies and parents alike!! Lets also not forget that Miss Come-by-Chance is also crowned on the day!!