The Benalla Toyota Benalla Gold Cup makes its long-awaited return this Sunday.
Horses, jockeys, trainers, racing enthusiasts and the community are all gearing up for this Sunday’s Benalla Toyota Benalla Gold Cup.
It has been a long time coming for the local club, which has put its past problems with drainage, holes, renovations and inclement weather behind it.
‘‘The track and grounds are in great condition and there is an expectation of a fantastic, family friendly racing experience with access to high quality facilities,’’ Member for Benalla Bill Sykes said.
‘‘On race days the club provides plenty of entertainment options to help family, friends, colleagues and clients enjoy a day at the track.’’
The club has worked hard to take the racecourse to a new level with a number of upgrades including improvements to the starter gates, drainage work and improvements to its home turn.
The Benalla Racing Club received state government funding of $250
The club also recently received Best New Event Concept Award for the Community Race Days at Country Racing Victoria’s annual gala awards.
Dr Sykes and Benalla Racing Club president Greg McNulty last week visited Lindsay Park near Euroa to observe top trainer David Hayes in action as he prepared several of his horses for the meeting.
Hayes takes a hands-on approach with his 100 odd horses in training, and has a tailor-made training program for each horse.
‘‘I encourage people throughout the Benalla Electorate to make the most of the great spring weather and consider spending Sunday, October 6 at the Benalla Gold Cup,’’ Dr Sykes said.
It is expected that there will be strong racing representation from around Victoria including Melbourne and the north east.
On the day
Gates: Open at 11.30
Admission: adults $20; pensioner $15; no charge for children 15 and under.
Attractions: XXXX Gold Retreat, free kids’ activities, live music, full TAB facilities.
Legendary racehorse Apache Cat will also be at the Benalla Toyota Benalla Gold Cup, and patrons can have their photo taken with this unique racehorse, or give the champion a well-earned pat.
Don’t forget about the Benalla Travel Fashions on the Field competition, with return flights to Auckland up for grabs thanks to Benalla Travel and Emirates.
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