Moe Cup Returns Bigger And Brighter In 2016 After Track Upgrade

Moe Cup Returns Bigger And Brighter In 2016 After Track Upgrade

Victoria Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

Backing The Return Of The Moe Cup In 2016

Victor P Taffa

Moe Cup is returning to this year’s Spring Racing Carnival thanks to a $140,000 funding boost supported by the Andrews Government.

“The Moe Cup is a great community event and it’s great to see it back on the Spring Racing Carnival calendar in 2016.” Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said.

“Country racing is a major employer and a great tourist attraction for regional Victoria, and I urge the local community and visitors to support the return of the cup this year.”

Moe Cup will mark its return this Thursday following a one-year hiatus due to a number of upgrades and improvements to the track. The course proper is now regarded as one of the best in country Victoria.

“Moe’s upgraded track is in fine form as Gippsland gears up for another great meet, and the Cup offers visitors and families yet another wonderful opportunity to experience the very best of all that our region has to offer.” Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said.

State Government is providing more than $40,000 for the event, courtesy of its Victorian Racing Industry Fund Raceday Attraction Program.

Moe Racing Club is also contributing $98,500 in funding and in-kind support. The Moe Cup is a highlight of the Spring Racing Carnival and has attracted crowds of up to 10,000 patrons in previous years.

“This is an exciting time for the club, which now boasts one of the best racing surfaces of any country racecourse in Victoria.” Moe Racing Club CEO David McKinnon said.

“Cup day offers locals and visitors the best of thoroughbred racing and the chance for family and friends to enjoy a great day out.”

To reward local community members for their patience during the upgrades, the club is offering half-price entry for 1,000 patrons and 2,500 free race books, as well as a subsidised hospitality package in the Turfside Marquee.

Live bands will entertain racegoers and there will be Fashions on the Field competition with the best-dressed entrant receiving a $2,500 travel voucher.

AFL (Australian Football League) stars including Geelong’s Tom Lonergan and Melbourne’s Max Gawn will also be appearing in the Hillside Pavilion, the Turfside Marquee and the Carlton Dry Precinct as race day ambassadors.

Racing in the Gippsland region generates almost $60 Million in economic activity each year and employs more than 590 people in full-time equivalent positions.