Racegoers are set to be pampered at the Towong Cup this Saturday, March 10, as part of a joint funding package of more than $94,000 supported by the Andrews Labor Government.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, today announced the Labor Government is contributing more than $17,000 through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund to support the 2018 Pamper with the Ponies event, and a further $24,000 for water security upgrade and $3,600 for a new horse ambulance.

Pamper with the Ponies offers racegoers the five-star treatment with free head and neck massages, manicures, and hair stylists. Live music will be provided by local band Overtime Duo, and children will be kept entertained with a jumping castle and face painting.

Towong Turf Club is contributing more than $27,000 towards the race day and infrastructure projects, with Country Racing Victoria providing $18,000 towards the event and water security upgrade, and Racing Victoria contributing $3,600 for the horse ambulance.

The track irrigation project will see the installation of a 1.2 kilometre pipeline and pump to ensure consistent access to water for the Towong Racecourse by allowing irrigation from the Murray River when a spring-fed dam runs low.

The new horse ambulance will be shared between Wodonga, Dederang and Towong, helping to ensure animal welfare by providing immediate care to any injured horses on race days.

“Pamper with the Ponies is a fantastic social event in the northeast and a great initiative to attract first-time racegoers to country Victoria,” Ms Symes said.

“Safety is critical to maintaining a thriving racing industry, and the addition of a new horse ambulance and track irrigation at Towong ensures jockeys and horses are provided with facilities that meet industry standards.”

Quotes attributable to Towong Turf Club Manager Rohan Whitehead

“We are looking forward to hosting our third successful Pamper with the Ponies race meeting and we encourage the community to join us, amidst the majestic Snowy Mountains.”

“The upgrades to our club will enable us to provide quality, well maintained racing facilities and events, servicing the Ovens-Murray region.”

Since 2014, the Labor Government has contributed more than $81,000 to support three infrastructure projects and three thoroughbred race day events at Towong.

The racing industry in the Ovens-Murray region generates more than $39 million for the Victorian economy each year and helps sustain over 380 full-time jobs locally.