Day At The Track

Racing club celebrates new year in style

10:59 AM 28 Dec 2017 NZDT
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The RACV Summer Pacing Cup, harness racing
The RACV Summer Pacing Cup with It Is A Glacier reined by David Moran snatching the prize from Red River Glacier driven by Zac Phillips

Cobram and District Harness Racing Club will celebrate the new year with a $60,000 joint funding package supported by the Victorian Government.

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp recently announced the government would contribute more than $29,000 to support next month’s Cobram Pacing Cup and two infrastructure projects at the Cobram Recreation Reserve.

Infrastructure improvements at the Cobram Recreation Reserve include a new head-on camera to improve vision in the home straight for stewards and an upgrade of the owners’ room facilities.

Both projects are expected to be completed in the first half of 2018.

Harness Racing Victoria is contributing almost $15,000 towards the new camera and the Victorian Harness Racing Sports Club is providing more than $1300 for the owners’ room upgrade.

The club is contributing more than $11000 to the race day event, while generous local businesses are providing an additional $3600.

The Cobram Pacing Cup is set to offer something for all the family, with entertainment including a live performance by Irish band Killing Time and a Fashions on the Field competition.

For the children, there will be face painting, a jumping castle, mobile zoo, pony trots and free icy poles.

The first 250 women through the gate will be given a complimentary ticket to the club’s Community Pink Ribbon Ladies Day race meeting on June 3, which helps raise awareness of breast cancer

Club secretary Bob Watson said the funding would help maintain the quality club members and visitors were accustomed to.

‘‘We’re very grateful for the Victorian Government’s support for our biggest race day of the year and the delivery of important upgrades to our track facilities,’’ Watson said.

‘‘We invite everyone in the region, young and old, to mark this day of fun country harness racing in their calendar.’’

Gepp said the Cobram Pacing Cup was a great opportunity for the local community and holidaymakers to come together for a day of quality harness racing.

‘‘We’re delighted to support the Cobram and District Harness Racing Club because the country racing industry makes a vital economic contribution to our region,’’ he said.

By Courier Cobram

Reprinted with permission of The Riverine Herald

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