Avoca Races To Host ANZAC Day Commemorations

The Andrews Labor Government is pleased to support the Avoca Shire Turf Club (ASTC) with a $10,495 boost for this year’s Avoca Anzac Day Races, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.

The ASTC’s Anzac Day race meeting – which attracts thousands of racegoers from across the Pyrenees region – will again feature traditional Anzac Day commemorations including an ex-military vehicle parade and the sounding of the last post.

Racegoers will enjoy some of the best fare from the Pyrenees region with a showcase of local wine, craft beer and produce alongside a bumper day of country thoroughbred racing.

A special tasting of local wine will continue across the weekend at the Avoca Hotel on Friday 24 April and the Avoca riverside market on Sunday 26 April.

A popular camping spot, Avoca Racecourse will host a number of family attractions and entertainment including performances by renowned bush poet Colin Driscoll, a mobile zoo, jumping castle, live music, egg and spoon races and a barbeque.

Having become a major tradition on Anzac Day, the ASTC will also broadcast the AFL so patrons can catch the Collingwood v Essendon game live from the MCG as well as St Kilda v Carlton from Wellington, New Zealand.

This is just one of many local racing initiatives supported by the Government’s Raceday Attraction Program. The ASTC is also investing $12,178 to host this year’s Anzac Day commemorations.

The Raceday Attraction Program is funded through the return of on-course wagering taxes for initiatives to attract people to race meetings across the state.

For more information on the Avoca Anzac Day Races visit http://www.countryracing.com.au/avoca-anzac-day-races.html

Quotes attributable to Minister for Racing, Martin Pakula

“Racing at Avoca is a major drawcard for the Pyrenees region, showcasing some of the best thoroughbred talent, local produce and family entertainment that country racing has to offer.”

“We’re pleased to support the Avoca Shire Turf Club’s Anzac Day races, particularly given the special commemorations planned this weekend for the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings.”

Quotes attributable to Kate Kirkpatrick, Club Manager Avoca Shire Turf Club

“The Avoca Shire Turf Club and committee are delighted with the support from Minister Pakula and the Victorian Government, which enables us to promote to a broader range of new patrons and introduce them to what country racing is all about.”

“To have the privilege to race on Anzac Day is such an honour, and this year’s raceday is even more poignant with the 100 year commemorations.”