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Benalla to host cup

The Euroa Cup will be held at Benalla Racing Club this month.

November 2, 2012 5:33am

Benalla Racing Club general manager Brendan Storer (left) and president Greg McNulty on the new turf.

Benalla Racing Club is reviving the Euroa Cup this season and is offering a range of incentives to encourage families to celebrate its return on Sunday, November 11.

Member for Benalla Bill Sykes and Minister for Racing Denis Napthine said the Euroa Cup would also mark the return of racing to Benalla Racecourse and the beginning of a new chapter.

‘‘Up until a few years ago, the Euroa Cup race meeting was one of Benalla’s most popular events. The club is calling on people across the region to come celebrate its return and help raise funds for its future running,’’ Dr Sykes said.

‘‘Racing in Benalla has faced a tough year, with track damage forcing the cancellation of races, so the club is particularly excited to mark racing’s return with big crowds,’’ he said.

Incentives on offer for the race day include:

300 free tickets;

500 free race books;

children’s entertainment including jumping castle and face painting;

fashions on the field competition with great prizes; and

free buses from Seymour, Avenel, Longwood, Nagambie, Euroa and Violet Town to the Benalla Racecourse.

Member for Benalla Bill Sykes said being Remembrance Day on November 11, the club was also offering free admission to current and retired service men and women to acknowledge their tremendous contributions to Australia.

Benalla Racing Club general manager Brendan Storer said the club was pleased to have received the government grant to help increase attendance at the Euroa Cup meeting.

‘‘The Euroa Cup Committee has reformed after disbanding several years ago and has been very active in getting the Euroa Cup back on to the calendar,’’ Mr Storer said.

‘‘With the strong growth in the horse industry in the Shire of Strathbogie, this provides a strong base to grow the Euroa Cup in future years.

‘‘The co-operation in allowing towns that do not have racecourses to be involved in staging their own cup meetings is extremely beneficial to the future of the racing industry.’’

The Victorian Coalition Government provided $5854, in partnership with Benalla Racing Club and other contributors which provided an additional $5500.

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