The Corowa Cup has moved to the Saturday of the March long weekend in Victoria, one day earlier than usual with race club organisers hoping to attract an even larger crowd as a result.
It will be the second major shake-up of the traditional Corowa Race Cup calendar after November’s meeting was also brought forward to the eve of Melbourne Cup.
Corowa Race Club Secretary Sheridan Kay said the club was approached by Racing NSW to host a full TAB meeting with eight races.
“This is a move by Racing NSW that we have adopted and it worked well for us with the race meeting on the eve of Melbourne Cup,” she said.
“We found the change of date for our November race meeting was great, our crowds were on par if not more than what they were the previous November and we are hoping that this will draw the same attention from the local community.
“We have a lot of people come from Melbourne and stay the weekend because of the Monday being the public holiday.
“There’s so much going on in the local area on that long weekend in Victoria and leaves Sunday for people to enjoy the other festivities happening in the area.”
Ms Kay said the Mulwala Water Ski Club had come on board again as the major sponsor.
“We are grateful to have them on board again and there will be a bus service running to and from the races for $10 return for water ski club members,” she said.
Bookings are essential, phone 0459 267 692 to secure seats.
Free entry and shaded seating is also offered for all Mulwala Water Ski Club members.
Ms Kay said there would be onsite catering on the day or people could bring their own picnic.
“A lot of people bring their own picnic and a rug, which we encourage and there will be a full TAB and bar operating on the day,” she said.
“It’s a great day out and the kids are catered for with a free giant waterslide which is fully supervised.”
Racegoers are being encouraged to dress in their finery for the day, even though fashions on the field are reserved for the club’s November race meeting.
“It’s nice to see people dressed up and enjoying the fanfare of our big race day,” Ms Kay said.
Live entertainment will be provided by Daine Runnalls from Yarrawonga.
Entry $15 adults, $10 pensioners and children under 16 free.
Gates open at 11am.