By Sam Saracino
TATURA Shepparton Racing Club will launch its new season on Saturday with its first meeting.
President Daryl Gorman said the club was looking forward to being a big year, with the season starting with a new race date.
“We are pleased to have an additional race date for 2012-13 in addition to our regular meetings,’’ he said.
“We are grateful for the support we have received from the region’s pubs and clubs for the new race date.”
Mr Gorman said it was extremely important the region got behind the club and embraced its four meetings this season.
“We are pleased to have the dates we have, but we need to continue to make them successful to retain them in the future,” he said.
“To do that we need the people of the region to support them.”
This year the club’s Foott Waste Girls Day Out on Cox Plate Day has received a big boost from Racing Victoria.
“We are pleased to announce the status of the meeting has been upgraded from a NON-TAB meeting to a TAB meeting,” Mr Gorman said.
“What this means is that the horses will be racing for better prize money which in turn improves the quality of the fields.
“This day has proven to be a real success for the club since its inception in 2009 attracting around 1400 people last year compared to 1000 in 2010 and 660 in 2009.”
“We have lots for punters with the big screen to watch the races in Melbourne, a live band and plenty of children’s entertainment along with Fashions on the Field.”
Mr Gorman said the other day that has proven popular with punters has been the Vraca-Varapodio Italian Plate held each year in December.
“This is a day that proves very popular with businesses who use the event as a Christmas party,’’ he said.
The club’s other day is its Gold Cup held on Easter Saturday.
Gates open at 11 am for this Saturday’s season opener and entry is $15 for adults and $10 for concession/aged pensioners.