Pakenham Racing Club To Host Night Race Meeting On 7 April 2016

Pakenham Racing Club To Host Night Race Meeting On 7 April 2016

Victoria Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

Pakenham Racing Club’s Night Under The Stars

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Racing Martin Pakula will help make history for the Pakenham Racing Club (PRC) when he launches the first night race meeting at Park this month.

The PRC is marking the historic occasion with a night to remember on Thursday 7 April 2016, thanks to support from the State Government.

“We’re very happy to support such an entertaining opening for night racing at Pakenham, making it only the third racing venue in Victoria to hold night races.” Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said.

“Outer metro racing is an important part of the industry and we’re very happy to be expanding it into night races.”

Guests will be treated to a ‘Night Under the Stars’ with a special marquee draped with fairy lights across the canopy, and be entertained by the exciting Ignite Fire Show with roving entertainers.

Visitors will also enjoy a fine dining experience with cocktails, canapés, gourmet tapas, premium beverages and desserts.

“We are proud to be supporting the Pakenham Racing Club as it makes history with this fantastic event in our community.” Member for Eastern Victoria Daniel Mulino said.

“The event will be a unique attraction for both locals and racegoers who enjoy night racing.”

Racegoers who get in early will have the chance to purchase one of the 150 discounted ‘Night Under the Stars’ marquee tickets available online for just $55, a $20 reduction on the normal $75 ticket price. Park is now Victoria’s third night racing venue and will host 28 Thursday night meetings annually to complement the Friday and Saturday night meetings at Moonee Valley and Cranbourne.

“The Pakenham Racing Club appreciates the generous support from the Victorian Government to help us launch night racing at Park.” Pakenham Racing Club Chairman Don Duffy said.

“It is going to be a great night and we are confident our ongoing Thursday night meetings will be a major drawcard for locals and visitors alike.”

The Government is providing $24,000 towards the $53,000 inaugural event, courtesy of its Victorian Racing Industry Fund Raceday Attraction Program.

The PRC is contributing $13,000 with Country Racing Victoria providing more than $15,000 to support the night.

The racing industry in the outer Melbourne region generates more than $375 Million annually for the Victorian economy and helps sustain over 3,700 full-time equivalent jobs.