Christmas Cheer Rings Throughout The Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley Racing’s inaugural Christmas Cup meeting will receive some extra yuletide cheer, thanks to a funding package of more than $62,000.

Minister for Racing Martin Pakula today announced that the Andrews Labor Government would contribute more than $17,500 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund to support the festive race meeting on Friday, 20 December.

The highlight of the meeting is the Yarra Valley Cup, which has been moved from an autumn time slot.

Racegoers will be treated to live music, roving Christmas clown entertainers, subsidised dining packages and a range of corporate and cocktail marquees offering the perfect option for an office Christmas party.

There will be a free shuttle bus from Lilydale train station to the course.

Yarra Valley Racing is also providing more than $43,000 towards the event, while Country Racing Victoria has chipped in more than $2000.

Since December 2014, the Labor Government has provided more than $820,000 to support seven harness racing events, nine thoroughbred racing events and 13 infrastructure projects at Yarra Valley Racing.

The racing industry in regional Victoria generates $1.15 billion for the economy and helps sustain more than 9,700 full-time-equivalent jobs.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

“We’re delighted to be able to help the club put on a great meeting, which includes the running of the Yarra Valley Cup.”

“Yarra Valley Racing is one of the most innovative clubs in Victoria and this new meeting is a terrific addition to our racing calendar.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“A day at the races at Yarra Valley on Friday is the perfect pre-Christmas outing and I encourage everyone who is able to get out to the course.”

“The Yarra Valley club does an outstanding job promoting the region and ensuring that racing continues to be a strong employer in the district.”

Quote attributable to Yarra Valley Racing chief executive Brett Shambrook

“We want to thank the Victorian Government for its support of the inaugural Yarra Valley Racing Christmas Cup meeting which we hope will become a mainstay on our calendar.”