Moonee Valley Racing Club will celebrate the Chinese New Year with a race meeting tonight, thanks to support from the Andrews Labor Government.

The Labor Government is providing $40,000 from its Victorian Racing Industry Fund towards the race meeting and Moonee Valley Racing Club is contributing more than $55,000.

Celebrating the Year of the Dog, the Chinese New Year event will include performers, dragon and lion dancers, Gods of Fortune mascots, and a range of Chinese cuisine.

The club is providing free entry to racegoers, with the evening featuring the Group 3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes and heats of the Summer Stayers and Sprint Series.

The club is again partnering with the Australian Chinese Jockey Club to support the event and experienced sports commentator Jamie Pi will call the race in Mandarin.

On course MCs Pete Lazar and Jing will keep the crowd entertained and there will be face painting, arts and crafts and the Melbourne City Football Club Fan Zone for children.

Since 2014, the Labor Government has contributed more than $780,000 towards three infrastructure projects and 12 race day events at Moonee Valley racecourse.

The racing industry in the metropolitan Melbourne region generates more than $1.5 billion for the Victorian economy and helps sustain more than 13,590 full time jobs locally.

Quote attributable to Minister for Racing Martin Pakula

“We’re proud to be supporting this cultural event at the Moonee Valley Racecourse because it helps to create local jobs, boosts our economy and brings the community together.”

Quote attributable to Member for Essendon Danny Pearson

“The 2018 Chinese New Year meeting is a great opportunity for the club to celebrate Chinese culture and build positive relationships with Melbourne’s Chinese community.”

Quote attributable to Moonee Valley Racing Club Chief Executive Officer Michael Browell

“We’d like to thank the Victorian Government for its support of our annual Chinese New Year celebrations and for their support of our strong and productive partnership with the Australian Chinese Jockey Club.”

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