Spring rac­ing car­ni­val

Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Tara Whitsed

It’s time to dust off the fas­ci­na­tors and high heels with Tatura and Shep­par­ton Rac­ing Club set to host the first fea­ture coun­try cup of this year’s Spring Rac­ing Car­ni­val.

The Lad­brokes Tatura Cup will be held on Satur­day, Septem­ber 23, af­ter a hia­tus last sea­son when it was de­cided to resched­ule the an­nual cup meet­ing from its for­mer date in March.

Tatura and Shep­par­ton Rac­ing Club man­ager Jon Dight said the club looked for­ward to be­ing a part of the world’s big­gest rac­ing car­ni­val.

‘‘Spring in Vic­to­ria means horse rac­ing and we’re re­ally ex­cited to have the Tatura Cup be in­volved in the Spring Rac­ing Car­ni­val,’’ he said.

‘‘The club didn’t run its cup meet­ing last sea­son be­cause we wanted to fo­cus all our ef­forts on mak­ing our spring de­but as suc­cess­ful as pos­si­ble.

‘‘We think the new spring date for our cup day will bring more peo­ple through the gates to en­joy ev­ery­thing our club and re­gion have to of­fer.’’

Mr Dight said the club paired the new date with a new ma­jor spon­sor, hav­ing se­cured the sup­port of in­ter­na­tional bet­ting com­pany Lad­brokes.

Lad­brokes Tatura Cup Day will fea­ture free su­per­vised chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vided by Kelly Sports, as well as a $20 pun­ters’ club with Rob Gay­lard for the grownups.

‘‘The ac­tion on the track will in­clude the fea­ture $30 000 Lad­brokes Tatura Cup, to be run over 1450 m,’’ Mr Dight said.

‘‘The club’s usual food and bev­er­age of­fer­ings will also be en­hanced by a gourmet bar­be­cue.’’

Mr Dight said the cup day would ap­peal to a wide au­di­ence.

‘‘Tatura Cup Day is al­ways about more than just rac­ing.

‘‘We want all the Tatura and Shep­par­ton lo­cals, as well as peo­ple from near and far, to come along to the Lad­brokes Tatura Cup and en­joy them­selves.

‘‘It’s only go­ing to get big­ger and bet­ter in the years to come.’’ ● The club has two more race days sched­uled for the 2017-18 rac­ing sea­son

— a Mon­day race day on Oc­to­ber 18 and Ital­ian Plate Fes­ti­val Race Day on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 10. Book­ings can be made at www.coun­try.rac­ing.com/ tatura-shep­par­ton or by phon­ing 1300 139 402.

Let the ac­tion be­gin: Tatura and Shep­par­ton Rac­ing Club man­ager Jon Dight is look­ing for­ward to be­ing on the Spring Rac­ing Car­ni­val pro­gram when the Tatura Cup is held this month.

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