Pakenham Racing Club Provided With Support From Andrews Govt

Pakenham Racing Club Provided With Support From Andrews Govt

Victoria Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

Supporting Pakenham’s Premier Race Day

Victor P Taffa

Racegoers are set to flock to the Pakenham Racing Club this Saturday, 9 December, as the Pakenham Cup takes centre stage.

Andrews Government is contributing $49,000 through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund to support the race day, and a further $8,000 to upgrade the veterinary facilities at the club’s home at Park.

“Pakenham Cup is a highlight on the racing calendar. It helps to bring the community together and supports local jobs during the festive season.” Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said.


Racing action will be supported by a range of trackside entertainment, including DJ Pete, and special ticketing offers. Kids will be entertained with an animal petting zoo, face painting and Santa will also visit the track.

Popular Fashions on the Field competition will be hosted by former local jockey Casey Bruce and feature more than $14,000 worth of prizes. Media personality Shawn Cosgrove and former Caulfield Cup-winning jockey Peter Hutchinson will be on hand as hosts of the Celebrity Marquee.

“We’d like to thank the Victorian Government for its generous support of this key date in our racing calendar.” Pakenham Racing Club Chairman Don Duffy said.

“Cup day includes a fantastic range of entertainment that offers something for everyone.”

Shuttle buses will take racegoers safely to and from Pakenham and Tynong railway stations, as well as nearby Cardinia Club and Club Officer.

New upgraded veterinary facilities will improve conditions for horses and veterinary staff during the swabbing process, thanks to the installation of a cooling and heating system, insulation, extended walls and a roof for the swabbing area.

Pakenham Racing Club is contributing more than $52,000 to the Cup day festivities and the veterinary facility upgrades. Country Racing Victoria is also providing an additional $19,000 for Cup day. Local businesses are donating $12,000 in prizes for Fashions on the Field, and Racing Victoria is providing almost $6,000 to the veterinary upgrades.

“We’re proud to support the Pakenham Cup and partner with the club, Country Racing Victoria and local businesses to help make this a great community event.” Member for Eastern Victoria Daniel Mulino said.

Since 2014, the State Government has provided more than $6.4 Million for 8 infrastructure projects and 7 thoroughbred race day events at Pakenham.

Racing industry in the outer Melbourne region generates more than $375 Million every year for the Victorian economy and helps sustain more than 3,720 full-time equivalent jobs in the region.