Races fun for all Farm­ers Day Out sure to be a win­ner

Benalla Ensign - - Communityvoice - By Ge­or­gia Smith

The Be­nalla Rac­ing Club is heat­ing up for its first race day for 2019.

And what says coun­try rac­ing more than a farm­ers day out.

Now in its third year, the Farm­ers Day Out Race Day is set to pull crowds for a day of sum­mer rac­ing, with for­mer AFL player and cur­rent com­men­ta­tor Brian Tay­lor lead­ing the charge as host of the mar­quee, along­side pre­mier­ship Hawthorn foot­baller Camp­bell Brown.

The event on Sun­day, Jan­uary 20, will also have a twist on con­ven­tional race days, with spon­sors ve­hi­cles and ma­chin­ery on dis­play track­side.

Be­nalla Rac­ing Club gen­eral man­ager Cameron Symes said the race day con­cept con­tin­ued to go from strength to strength each year.

‘‘It is a way of be­ing able to link busi­nesses to clients as well as pro­vid­ing a so­cial day out at the races,’’ Symes said.

‘‘It works well and we get great sup­port from lo­cal busi­nesses.

‘‘It’s go­ing from strength to strength.’’

Lo­cal train­ers Wayne Ni­chols and Peter Bur­gun could be set to throw their hats in the ring, with seven races sched­uled for the day.

Kids are also set to be win­ners on the day, with a va­ri­ety of ac­tiv­i­ties or­gan­ised to keep young­sters amused for the school hol­i­days.

The Kids Day Out boasts the Wild Ac­tion Zoo, gi­ant wa­ter slide and jump­ing cas­tle, with two for one en­try on the day.

‘‘It’s a cheap day out for fam­i­lies to have an af­ter­noon of fun,’’ Symes said.

Gates will open at 12 pm with the first horses set to bolt out of the gates at 1 pm.

Ac­tion aplenty: Be­nalla Rac­ing Club is gear­ing up for the Farm­ers Day Out Race Day on Sun­day Jan­uary 20. Pic­ture: Issie Hill

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