The Come by Chance Picnic Race Club manages racing at the Come by Chance Racecourse. The racecourse is located in the Pilliga District of Northern NSW, approximately 250 Kilometres North of Dubbo and 100 Kilometres Northwest of Coonamble in the Walgett Shire. The Racecourse also goes by the name 'The Randwick of the West' and attracts punters from across New South Wales and Southern Queensland.
The village got its unusual name from the Come by Chance Station, the property of William Colless. At some point, it was a focal meeting spot for station owners in the district. People thought the land had been allocated, but once someone 'came by chance' (hence the name) and found it available for selection.
Racing at Come by Chance dates back around 55 years and has thrived well since. Locals came together to introduce racing at the venue and one of them, Albie Slack-Smith owned Brooklyn Maid, which at some point was one of the favourites for the Golden Slipper. In those early days, most stations had horses and the jackaroos used to ride to work for the owners and in the process inspired the evolvement of racing tradition in the area.
The Come by Chance Picnic Cup is an annual event that takes place at the track every late September. The race covers 1400 metres. Due to the Equine Influenza, the venue did not hold any races in 2007.
Come by Chance is a popular venue for picnic racing and attracts huge crowds annually. 2012 features the Miss Come by Chance Picnic Race pageant with $35, 000 in prize money.
The venue also has facilities for entertainment such as a community hall that helps keep the locals thrilled outside race-day. Children may have fun there too especially with entertainment such as the free jumping castle.