Ballarat harness racing enthusiasts are set for a racing bonanza on Saturday 18 January, with 100 per cent of gate takings going towards Wildlife Victoria to support bushfire affected animals.

It will be spectacle for the whole family, with the pace picking up at the Bray Raceway prestigious Group 1 Ballarat Pacing Cup, thanks to more than $35,000 in funding.

Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison today announced the Andrews Labor Government is kicking in $13,000 from its Victorian Racing Industry Fund – Raceday Attraction Program to support the Ballarat Pacing Cup meeting, while the Ballarat and District Trotting Club is investing more than $22,000.

The Group 1 Ballarat Pacing Cup, with a stakes purse of $100,000 is one of the key harness racing events on the calendar and attracts top horses from around Australia.

As well as cheering on a quality field, patrons will enjoy a range of fun, family activities including a kids’ zone with a jumping castle, games and face painting.

There will also be live music from popular Echuca artist Jefferson Smith, a tug of war and fashions on the field, and a wide variety of dining options on offer.

Since December 2014, the Labor Government has provided more than $337,000 to support 10 harness events and eight infrastructure projects for the Ballarat and District Trotting Club.

The harness racing industry in regional Victoria generates $255.3 million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain over 2,100 full time equivalent jobs locally.

Quotes attributable to Member for Wendouree Juliana Addison

“This is a must on the regional racing calendar, and we’re so proud that the esteemed Bray Raceway and Ballarat will play host – drawing in racing enthusiasts, punters and families who want a fabulous night out.”

“They’ve been racing in Ballarat since 1861, and the club knows how to put on a fantastic event, so I would encourage everyone to get along and soak in the atmosphere.”

Quote attributable to Ballarat and District Trotting Club President, David Young

“We’d like to thank the Victorian Government for its support. I can promise patrons a great night of racing and entertainment for the whole family.”

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