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Racing club loses meeting

Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club will have one less meeting next season after the calendar for next season was released on Wednesday.

HANNAH DRISCOLL March 14, 2014 4:05am

Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club has lost one of its annual meetings after the race dates for the 2014-15 racing season were announced on Wednesday.

The first meeting at Tatura after the season begins on August 1 will be the annual Italian Plate Day on December 14, with a Monday meeting on February 9 and next year’s Tatura Cup on April 4, which is Easter Saturday.

During the current season the club was allotted a meeting in August, the Cox Plate Ladies’ Day in October, as well as the Italian Plate and cup dates.

This year’s Tatura Cup will be on Easter Saturday on April 19.

Benalla Racing Club has been allotted 10 meetings for 2014-15, with the Benalla Cup on October 5 and the Euroa Cup on November 9.

Echuca has 11 meetings, including hosting the Murray Mallee Series final on August 18 and the Echuca Cup on March 8, next year, while the Seymour Cup meeting on October 19 is one of 19 meeting scheduled there.

A total of 13 meetings — five country TAB, seven non-TAB and one picnic meeting — were removed leaving 555 race meetings programmed for the 2014-15 season.

Tatura and Shepparton Racing Club president Mick Toll was hopeful of gaining some transferred meetings during winter, but admitted it was ‘‘all up in the air a little bit at the moment’’.

‘‘We had a meeting with Racing Victoria officials yesterday (Wednesday) and I had an inkling they were going to take away the Cox Plate Day, but they’ve given us a day in February,’’ Toll said.

‘‘We’ve got that day we’ve still got our Italian Plate day and we’ve still got Tat Gold Cup and with the expectations we will probably end up with at least one more meeting or possibly another couple of transfer meetings through the winter.

‘‘But it might be we compress our season back to November-December through to Easter, which this year is April.’’

Last year Tatura’s Cox Plate Day meeting clashed with the main event at Moonee Valley as well as events at Yarra Valley and the St Arnaud Cup.

With the competition for betting from the other venues Toll believed the turnover at Tatura was not great, which may have impacted the decision.

‘‘We’re a little bit disappointed, but when you think about it, I think we’ll try to make the best we can out of what we do get,’’ he said.

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