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Victoria Minister for Racing Denis Napthine

Caviar And Sushi On The Menu For Vic Racing Treat

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Racegoers are set to witness one of the most exciting weekends of summer racing on record as Victoria demonstrates why it leads the field across all racing codes throughout Australia.

Minister for Racing Denis Napthine said all eyes would be on Black Caviar as the crowd favourite pushed for 17 straight wins at Moonee Valley racecourse on Friday night before shifting to Bray Raceway on Saturday, where harness racing star Sushi Sushi aims for his 15th successive victory in the Ballarat Pacing Cup.

“It is easy to see why the Victorian racing industry is the envy of all other states when we are able to put on top quality events such as these on a regular basis.” Dr. Napthine said.

“Friday night at Moonee Valley promises to be a spectacular evening as Victoria’s very own undefeated world champion Black Caviar comes back from a spell and aims to make it 17 straight wins in the Group 2 Australia Stakes.”

“In addition to the mighty mare, racegoers will also witness two unique Arabian purebred races and enjoy on-course entertainment and activities with an Australia Day theme.” Dr. Napthine said.

The following evening Ballarat’s Bray Raceway will host second round heats of the Inter Dominion Trotting Championship before Sushi Sushi takes on Australian pacing champion and winner of nearly $3 Million in prizemoney, Smoken Up.

“The much anticipated showdown between Smoken Up and Sushi Sushi promises to be a spectacular race and the Victorian Coalition Government is proud to fund off-course entertainment at Bray Raceway through our Raceday Attraction Program to entice even more people to the venue.” Dr. Napthine said.

“I have no doubt those who attend their first race meeting on either of these nights will be captivated by the atmosphere and quality of Victorian racing and will become regular racegoers. I would encourage everyone to come along experience the excitement for themselves.”

“Victorian racing, across all three codes, is an extremely significant industry generating more than $2 Billion a year in economic activity for the state and supporting more than 70,000 jobs.

“The Coalition Government is committed to stimulating further growth in this industry through our $79.5 Million Victorian Racing Industry Fund. The VRIF will generate new jobs in the racing, training and breeding industries while continuing to ensure Victoria continues to lead the way in Australian racing.” Dr. Napthine said.