Victoria Minister for Racing Denis Napthine
Black Caviar To Go Live At Federation Square
Victor P Taffa
Victorians will get the chance to see horse racing like never before when Victoria’s own born and bred champion Black Caviar takes on the world at Royal Ascot on 23rd June.
The Victorian Coalition Government and Racing Victoria are joining forces to broadcast the great mare’s big race, the Diamond Jubilee, live from England on the big screen at Federation Square.
Minister for Racing Denis Napthine said the exciting event would include free music, entertainment, a fashion competition and giveaways that would kick off at 10.45 pm on Saturday night, 23rd June.
Visiting the stables of Black Caviar’s trainer Peter Moody today, Dr. Napthine said the world’s best sprinter and Team Caviar had undertaken a fantastic preparation as they depart later this week.
“Black Caviar has captured our imagination as one of Australia’s greatest racing sensations. In her distinctive salmon and black silks, I have no doubt she’ll be a sensation on the track at Royal Ascot.” Dr. Napthine said.
“Through the Coalition Government’s Raceday Attraction Program we are hoping many Victorians and visitors to Melbourne will come together to share this moment in racing history live at Federation Square.”
“Everyone who gets down to the Black Caviar Royal Ascot screening will be in the running for one of 500 free tickets to Moonee Valley in September for the launch of the night racing season, the Moir Stakes, won for the past two years by Black Caviar.”
“There will also be free giveaways of Black Caviar tee shirts, scarves and flags and just like the World Cup celebrations, Federation Square will once again come alive overnight with entertainment from Matt Hetherington from the hit television show The Voice and comedy from Tommy Little of the Ten Network’s, The Project.”
“Fashions on the Field will be another highlight of the evening’s festivities with the best dressed male and female decked out in Black Caviar’s colours each winning a table for four at the Moir Stakes valued at $2,000.” Dr. Napthine said.
Racing Victoria CEO Rob Hines said he was looking forward to a great crowd gathering to cheer on Victoria’s champion.
“We are delighted to partner with the Coalition Government to present Black Caviar Live at Federation Square.” Mr. Hines said.
“Black Caviar’s appearance in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes in front of The Queen is a landmark moment for Australian sport and this special broadcast at Federation Square is the perfect way for those unable to attend to share in a piece of history.”
“With live entertainment complementing the racing beamed in from Royal Ascot, people can enjoy Saturday night dinner in the city before converging on Federation Square to cheer on Black Caviar.” Mr. Hines said.
Through the Raceday Attraction Program, the Coalition Government is providing $38,300 in funding to this special event with Racing Victoria contributing $35,000. All funds in this program are derived from on-course wagering taxes.