The Bendigo Jockey Club will again host a jewel in the Victorian Autumn Racing Carnival’s crown, the Golden Mile Raceday, thanks to a joint funding package worth more than $69,500.
The Andrews Labor Government is providing $14,500 from its Victorian Racing Industry Fund Raceday Attraction Program to support the race day which is scheduled for Saturday 30 March 2019.
The Bendigo Jockey Club’s standalone Saturday meeting, the Golden Mile Raceday is an important date on the Victorian racing calendar with prize money totalling over $1 million. The meeting includes four feature races: the VOBIS Gold Rush, Bendigo Guineas, the Gold Bracelet and the Golden Mile.
To build on the success of past years, the Bendigo Jockey Club will have a keen focus on attracting families to the event, with plenty of children’s activities including laser tag, child safe archery and a jumping castle.
Racegoers will have no trouble making their way to the track on race day, with complimentary shuttle buses running between Bendigo train station and the racecourse.
The Bendigo Jockey Club is providing more than $22,000 towards the event, while Country Racing Victoria will provide $33,000.
Since 2014, the Labor government has provided more than $1.5 million to support nine thoroughbred events and 18 infrastructure projects for the Bendigo Jockey Club.
The racing industry in the Bendigo region generates more than $157.7 million for the Victorian economy annually and helps sustain almost 1,300 full-time equivalent jobs in the region.
Quotes attributable to Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards
“We’re so proud to provide funding to make the Golden Mile bigger and better than ever – from racing enthusiasts to families wanting a great day out, there is something for everyone this Saturday.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase our great City and once again cement Bendigo as one of the premier racing destinations in the country.”
Quotes attributable to Bendigo Jockey Club Chief Executive Officer Aaron Hearps
“We are grateful for the continued support of the Victorian Government, helping the club maintain our feature race day as a true standout day for country racing in Victoria.”
“The Golden Mile Raceday is such an important event for the entire region of Bendigo and we are looking forward to another outstanding day of racing.”