READY: Great Western Racing Club secretary Michael Barry, with Tiarna Barry, 10, and Leigha Lehmann, 10, have helped prepare the Great Western Racecourse for the Seppelt Salinga Great Western Cup on Sunday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRIGREAT Western Racing Club expectsa huge crowd at the SeppeltSalinger Great Western Cupon Sunday.
Club secretary Michael Barrywas confident the meetingwould attract large numbers thisyear, after crowd numbershovered around 2000 people inprevious years.
‘‘Camping numbers are up, wehave more people here at thetrack than we’ve ever had,’’ hesaid.
‘‘We’re very excited about theraces this year.
“For the first timewe will be a TAB meeting, so theraces will be shown on television.’’
Mr Barry said there wereplenty of events for people toenjoy between the races.
‘‘We’ve got Emma Dean fromMasterchef coming down to dofood demonstrations at 11.30amand 2.45pm,’’ he said.
‘‘We had her here last year andshe was very popular sowe’vegot her back.’’
Mr Barry said the Tuckers HillQuarry Famous Boat Race wouldbe on again this year.
‘‘People can come and dressup and decorate their boats andgo in the race,’’ he said.
‘‘We have heats and then afinal because we have so manynominations.
‘‘Last year the race was won bya group of people who paintedthemselves blue and wore whiteclothes like the Smurfs.’’
Mr Barry said first prize for theregatta was $1000, second prizewas $500 and third prize was$300.
There is also a prize of $500 forthe best Australian-themed boat.
Mr Barry said the annualracing event would include fashionson the field and children’sactivities.
He said there would be freeshowbags for the first 100 childrenthrough the gates.
‘‘We will have a band calledPlastered playing between races six and seven and the regattafinal will be between races fiveand six,’’ he said.
Mr Barry said there was freepublic transportation from Ararat,Stawell and Halls Gap to theracecourse.
He said people could bookonline at www.countryracing南京夜网.au/seppelt-salinger-greatwestern-cup.html.
The fields for the race will befinalised on Thursday morning.
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