THE Stony Creek Cup this Sunday is set to be a cracking day of country racing.
And after recent news of possible cuts to funding and the race meeting schedule, the Stony Creek Racing Club CEO Terry Grace urged locals to show their support for the event.
Chairman of Country Racing Victoria, Lance McMillan and wife Jan will be in attendance and this is South Gippsland’s chance to show the State Government why the Racing Club should continue to be supported with funding.
“We need Lance’s support because there’s a chance that we could lose a race meeting. We’re trying to show that we’re a great club and deserve to keep our meetings,” Mr Grace said.
“If people can turn up and help give that support, it would be fantastic.
“This is the main race that our club runs, and the main race in South Gippsland. It’s a $70,000 race and we always get strong support for the cup so there will be a good field.
“It’s one of the big events in South Gippsland and we’re hoping for a very strong crowd.
“The weather’s looking promising so we’re expecting a lot of people and there’s plenty of room for everyone.”
The Fashions on the Field competition is free to enter and will be hotly contested with $3000 worth of prizes.
The theme for the day is ‘relaxed racing’, which is happening throughout the state at cup meetings.
A feature of this is the picnic pack promotion, where you can purchase a picnic pack for $50 that includes admission for two and a pack including a small table, a nice rug, cooler bag, drinks and sandwiches.
If you wish to purchase a picnic pack, get in touch with the Stony Creek Racing Club on 5664 0099.
The day will feature free entertainment for the kids including a jumping castle and face painting, and free entry for 17 years and under.
Marquees with over 200 people will line the race course and the cup will also host the President’s Marquee.
Mr Grace said there had been a lot of support from local community groups.
“The track is absolutely perfect, we’ll be able to maintain it throughout the week and the weather looks great so we’ll be running on an excellent track,” he said.
“It is our major focus for the year – having a great race and a great race day. We’ve got all our committee and our workers doing a great job to get the course ready.”
The meeting has no BYO alcohol, but people are welcome to bring a picnic and rug.
Gates open at noon and Ross Wise Buslines has buses coming from Korumburra, Leongatha, Wonthaggi, Inverloch and Venus Bay.
For bookings and more information, call 0407 343 451.
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