This year’s Alexandra Cup is set to be a great day of country racing that will deliver a boost to the region’s economy, backed by a funding package from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes announced the Labor Government is allocating more than $5,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund – Raceday Attraction Program to support the meeting, with the Alexandra Racing Club investing more than $8,000 for the event on Saturday 19 March.

It will be a great day of country thoroughbred racing headlined by the Alexandra Cup, plus live music by the MC Blues Jazz Band.

The Cup meeting is famous for its keenly contested best hats and fascinators competition, with men and women encouraged to don their finest headwear.

There’s also plenty of entertainment for the kids with face painting, magicians and activities.

Since December 2014, the Government has approved more than $83,000 to support race meetings and racing infrastructure projects at Alexandra Racing Club.

The thoroughbred racing industry in regional Victoria generates more than $715 million for the economy and helps sustain more than 6,100 full-time-equivalent jobs.

Quotes attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes

“The Alexandra Cup is a great day of country racing set in one of the most beautiful parts of the state.”

“Events like this bring in tourists from around the state, supporting local businesses and jobs.”

Quote attributable to Alexandra Racing Club President Christopher Walsh

“We’re laying on a great day out for our popular Alexandra Cup meeting and I’d like to thank the Victorian Government for its support.”