Off and rac­ing

CHAM­PION HORSES LINED UP TO CON­TEST THE MASTERS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE are be­ing en­cour­aged to head to As­cot Race­course for the an­nual rac­ing car­ni­val, which started this month.

PEO­PLE are be­ing en­cour­aged to head to As­cot Race­course for the be­gin­ning of the an­nual rac­ing car­ni­val.

The As­cot Rac­ing Car­ni­val be­gan on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 15, and in­cludes 13 meet­ings un­til De­cem­ber, which in­cludes 12 Satur­day meet­ings and one Tues­day meet­ing, when the na­tion stops for the Mel­bourne Cup.

This year’s car­ni­val is set to un­veil a num­ber of new ex­pe­ri­ences for race­go­ers, with ex­cit­ing drink­ing and din­ing op­tions show­cas­ing the multi-mil­lion-dol­lar re­vamp of Perth’s premier rac­ing venue.

Fraser’s Restau­rant Group ex­ec­u­tive chef Chris Tay­lor has been hands-on as­sist­ing Perth Rac­ing with the de­sign of both new menus to tease the taste­buds of race­go­ers and the re­fur­bished As­cot Race­course kitchens, which are set to turn out thou­sands of top-class dishes from Open­ing Day through to Perth Cup Day on New Year’s Eve.

The nominations for the As­cot Rac­ing Car­ni­val’s three Group One races – the Rail­way Stakes, the Win­ter­bot­tom Stakes and the Kingston Town Clas­sic – in­clude last year’s re­spec­tive cham­pi­ons, Good Project, Buf­fer­ing and Per­fect Re­flec­tion, as well as many other first-rate race­horses.

To­gether, these three Group One races will form The Masters; the world’s first sin­gle-track event fea­tur­ing a Group One race worth at least $1 mil­lion on three con­sec­u­tive Satur­days.

Perth Rac­ing chair­man Neil Pin­ner said with the fa­cil­i­ties be­ing up­graded, the track be­ing ren­o­vated and re­pro­grammed races, his or­gan­i­sa­tion was ready for the car­ni­val.

“We’ve made many ad­di­tions to As­cot Race­course, in­clud­ing VIP ar­eas, new pop-up bars and a new big video screen on the ex­te­rior of the 1900 Bar ad­ja­cent to the Book­mak­ers Pavil­ion,” he said.

“We’re en­cour­ag­ing all Perth sports fans, and those look­ing for a great day out with friends, to come and take a new look at our venue.”

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