Harness racing will return to Birchip this weekend for the first time in over a decade, following State Government support.
This Labour Day long weekend race meeting on Sunday, March 12 will be the first time the Birchip Pacing Cup will be held at the Hunter Park Raceway since 2005.
$150,000 of upgrades have gone into the venue, including a newly constructed undercover shelter and a facelift for the judges and stewards’ tower and public amenities.
The track has also been regraded for a safer and smoother racing surface, in line with industry standards.
Minister for Racing Martin Pakula said, “We’re proud to be supporting this historic event at Birchip which will see harness racing returning to the town after an 11 year hiatus.
“Victorians looking for a long weekend away should head to the Mallee for a fantastic day of country racing,” he said.
Birchip Harness Racing Club President Max Dillion also commented on the upgrades, saying“The funding we received has ensured that our track and grounds are in peak condition for the event.”
The new racing facilities will be launched with live music, children’s entertainment and free shuttle buses being run from Ballarat, Bendigo and Swan Hill to provide racegoers with a safe trip to and from the track.
The Birchip Harness Racing Club is contributing more than $29,000 and the Mallee Root Club is contributing $30,000, with more than $10,000 is also being provided through in-kind support.
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