Off to the races

09 Oct 2018 The Free Press, Kilmore, VIC (General News) UPGRADES to Seymour racecourse have been competed with new toe-up stalls and audlo-vlsual upgrades. Minister for Racing Martin Pakula visited the cluh on Wednesday to announce more than $92,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund, as part of a $181,000 joint funding package. As part of the recently completed works, new optic and triax cables were laid to ensure the best possible audiovisual outputs to, enhancing racing broadcasts. The new tie-up stalls were completed earlier this year and have added an additional 28 stalls to the existing stall area, bringing the total number of lie-up stalls to 150. Seymour Racing Club contributed $63,000 towards the tie-up stalls, and Racing Victoria provided more than 129,000 towards both projects. Since 2014, the state government has provided more than 4.1 million to support eight infrastructure projects and two race day events at Seymour Racecourse. The racing industry in the Goulburn region generates more than $227 million for the Victorian economy annually and helps to sustain more than 2240 fulltime equivalent jobs locally. Mr Pakula said the upgrades will showcase the very best of racing and celebrate the importance of racing to regional communities. Were rolling out new technology at racecourses across the state to ensure that thoroughbred racing continues to keep pace with international standards. Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said the investment will help the Seymour Racing Club through the tough time its facing with the cancellation of the Seymcur Cup. Seymour Racing Club have been doing it tough but their future is bright and with this investment it will help the club to be one of the premier thoroughbred racingvenues in country Victoria, she said. Seymour Racing Club Chief Executive Penny Reeve said the club is grateful for the investment in infrastructure and racing events. These upgrades will expand our ability to accommodate horses at the track, allowing us to maintain Seymours reputation as a major country racing venue.