The first of 21 Bunbury Turf Club meetings for the 2016/17 season will be held this weekend with an eight race card on Saturday to get things underway.

The calendar features eight Sunday meetings, including a meeting on New Years Day and will culminate with the XXXX Gold 2017 Bunbury Cup on Thursday, March 23. The season will also include annual feature races, the AHA Cup and Bunbury Stakes.

There have been a number of changes to the club during the off-season including extensive renovations to the Winning Post Bar and the instillation of a permanent on-course big screen.

An excellent 2015/16 season saw Cougar Express claim the Bunbury Cup while Discord Witch was named horse of the year and Randy Tan claimed apprentice of the year.

Champion jockey William Pike will be out to defend his jockey premiership yet again while locals Peter and Matt Giadresco will hope to defend their trainer of the year title.

Courtesy of the Bunbury Mail