Redevelopment complete, turf club set for Melbourne Cup meet
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.”