Manangatang’s legendary Cup meeting will be bigger and better than ever, thanks to a funding boost from the Andrews Labor Government.
Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp today announced $7,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund will support the event, held every year on Caulfield Guineas race day.
Manangatang Racing Club is also pitching in $7,000 to help promote the meeting and provide entertainment.
The phrase “They’re racing at Manangatang” was made famous by comedian Ward Leopold more than 60 years ago and has become synonymous with the race meeting which now attracts around 3,000 visitors to the tiny town.
Free shuttle buses from neighbouring towns will run, along with running races down the main street, fashions on the field, kids’ activities, a great range of food and live entertainment into the evening.
Since 1 December 2014, the Labor Government has invested nearly $125,000 to support two infrastructure projects and two race meetings at Manangatang Racing Club.
The thoroughbred racing industry in regional Victoria generates $716.9 million for the Victorian economy and helps sustain over 6,100 full time equivalent jobs.
The Manangatang Cup is on Saturday 12 October from 11am. To book tickets visit:
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“We’re proud to support the Manangatang Races and ensure it remains a great day out for all, as well as providing a boost to the local economy through the tourism, retail and hospitality sector.”
“The weather forecast for Saturday is 23 degrees and sunny, a perfect day to get out with friends and family to enjoy the Manang’ Races – and join in the excitement of the Spring Racing Carnival.”
“They’ve been racing at Manangatang since 1917, and racing has been a proud part of the town’s history ever since.”
Quotes attributable to Manangatang Racing Club CEO, Mr Aaron Garvie
“I’d like to thank the Victorian Government for supporting our race meeting, and I can promise everyone who comes a fantastic day of racing and entertainment. If you’ve never experienced the Manang’ Races, there’s no better time than now.”