Racegoers are set to flock to the 2018 Dederang Cup on Saturday, January 6, for the annual picnic race day in the stunning surrounds of the Kiewa River Valley.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced the Andrews Labor Government is providing more than $12,500 through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund to support the event, and a further $2,700 for an enhanced horse ambulance service at the track.

“We’re thrilled to support Dederang Picnic Race Club’s historic Cup day. It’s an iconic community event on the country racing calendar” said Ms Symes. “The Dederang Cup is a great opportunity for locals and visitors to enjoy a picnic race day in the beautiful surrounds of Victoria’s alpine area.”

Cup day will feature the famous Madman’s Mile and Tug of War games after the last race – a long-standing Dederang tradition.

Live performances by Albury-based vocalist Paul Gibbs, Fashions on the Field competition, and a range of Kelly Sports games and activities for kids will also be on offer.

Complimentary return shuttle buses from the surrounding towns of Mt Beauty, Tawonga, Falls Creek, Albury, Wodonga, Yackandandah, Kiewa, Myrtleford and Bright will see patrons safely transported to and from the event.

“We’re very grateful to the Victorian Government for its support of our 2018 Dederang Cup, which showcases some of the very best that country racing has to offer in a fun-filled family atmosphere,”

said Dederang Picnic Race Club President Maurice Goonan. “We encourage everyone to make their way to the track and welcome 2018 in true country racing style.”

Dederang has a rich history of racing dating back to 1865. The track features an unusual uphill corner that climbs for 100 metres from the winning post.

The Dederang Picnic Race Club is contributing $11,000 towards the Cup, with a further $1,500 provided by Country Racing Victoria.

Based at Wodonga, the new horse ambulance will be at Dederang on race days to provide immediate care to horses if injured at the track. Racing Victoria is matching the Government’s contribution for the new horse ambulance service.

Since 2014, the Labor Government has contributed almost $30,000 to support two infrastructure projects and two thoroughbred racing events at Dederang.