Re­de­vel­op­ment com­plete, turf club set for Mel­bourne Cup meet

Wangaratta Chronicle - - Sport - By JEREMY WIL­SON

IT’S been a long process, how­ever, all the hard work will be worth it tomorrow when the Wangaratta Turf Club holds its an­nual Mel­bourne Cup race day meet.

Hav­ing pulled down the old grand­stand just over two years ago, the club has looked like a con­struc­tion site for all of this year due to the build­ing of the state of the art grand­stand.

With the grand­stand now com­plete and the land­scap­ing around also done, ev­ery­thing is in readi­ness for a mas­sive crowd to flock through the gates tomorrow.

Wangaratta Turf Club chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Paul Hoysted said um­brella pack­ages and mar­quees had sold ex­cep­tion­ally well with all mar­quees set to en­joy and el­e­vated view, un­like pre­vi­ous years.

As of yes­ter­day morn­ing only a hand­ful of tick­ets re­mained for the Aviary Pack­age in the club’s new func­tion cen­tre on the ground floor of the grand­stand while the Carl­ton Dry Lawn Party had sold out.

While rain is fore­cast for later to­day and tonight, Hoysted said the club was ex­cited about hav­ing fin- ished the re­de­vel­op­ments in time for tomorrow’s meet.

“It’s go­ing to be a day the whole club will be proud of as well,” he said.

“We’ve still got some fin­ish­ing touches to com­plete over the next lit­tle while but the place looks sen­sa­tional.

“It’s the first time in five years the club will be able to pro­vide a grand­stand for view­ing.

“We’re con­fi­dent the rain will be all gone by the morn­ing and we’re ex­pect­ing a big crowd to come along.”

With six races on the day with a break for the main race in Mel­bourne sep­a­rat­ing the first three and last three events, Hoysted said there was plenty of lo­cal in­ter­est in the meet.

Lo­cal train­ers Ledger Rac­ing and Steve Cun­ning­ham have run­ners in the early races while Renee Hoysted and James Fraser’s run­ners are cur­rently on the emer­gency’s list.

“Lo­cal train­ers al­ways tar­get this meet­ing,” he said.

“They can get a bit of home track ad­van­tage and it gives lo­cals the chance to sup­port lo­cals.

“The track is look­ing fan­tas­tic at the mo­ment so it all looks set for a great day of rac­ing.”

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