Victoria Minister for Racing Denis Napthine
Warrnambool Racing Carnival A Resounding Success
Victor P Taffa
Bigger crowds, increased TAB turnover and a fantastic display of horsemanship by jockey Steven Pateman has capped off a memorable Warrnambool May Racing Carnival, Minister for Racing and Member for South West Coast Denis Napthine said today.
“This year’s Warrnambool May Racing Carnival has been a huge success and a testament to the hard work of the Warrnambool Racing Club, Racing Victoria and Country Racing Victoria.” Dr. Napthine said.
“The Victorian Coalition Government and the racing industry have worked together closely throughout the previous 12 months to make this event even bigger and better and I’m pleased to say we’ve achieved a fantastic result.”
“Accommodation across the region was booked to capacity, crowd numbers were up and there was an increase in TAB turnover. It is absolutely fantastic to see such positive support for country racing.”
“These magnificent results are proof that the investments made by the Coalition Government and the racing industry to improve track safety, fund education programs for jockeys and to boost prize money have paid off.” Dr. Napthine said.
Dr. Napthine also congratulated jockey Steven Pateman and the connections of Dance With Her for their fantastic results at the carnival.
“Steve Pateman has once again proved why he is regarded as the nation’s premier jumps racing jockey.”
“Still fresh from being honoured as last season’s jumps racing jockey of the year, Steve has finished the Warrnambool carnival with the formidable record of a second place to go with his five wins including victory in the prestigious Grand Annual Steeplechase with last year’s runner up, Awakening Dream.”
“I’d also like to congratulate jockey Steven Arnold, trainer David Brideoake and the connections of $25 chance, Dance With Her, who has backed up her impressive wins in the Bendigo Golden Mile and Pakenham Cup with a thrilling victory in the $200,000 Warrnambool Cup.” Dr. Napthine said.