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Pakenham Joins The Big League

Pakenham Racing Club hosts its maiden standalone Saturday Cup meeting this weekend as the venue evolves as one of Victoria’s leading racing centres.

Pakenham Joins The Big League

Pakenham Racing Club hosts its maiden standalone Saturday Cup meeting this weekend as the venue evolves as one of Victoria’s leading racing centres.

After opening its state-of-the-art new racetrack in March 2015 and introducing night racing earlier this year, Saturday’s nine-race Cup program represents another significant milestone for PRC.

The metropolitan race meeting boasts almost $910,000 in prizemoney and bonuses and is highlighted by the Listed $205,000 Superior Food Services Pakenham Cup (2500m).


The Pakenham Cup has attracted a quality field of gallopers, including last-start Ballarat Cup (2200m) winner Pilote D’essai, G1 winner Puccini and Sandown Cup (3200m) runner-up Swacadelic.

Saturday’s meeting also sees the continuation of the $3.1 million VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series, with a field of 15 horses from across Victoria set to line up in the $130,000 VOBIS Gold Bullion (1400m).

Racing Victoria’s (RV) Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, said Saturday’s meeting was an important milestone for the Victorian thoroughbred racing industry.

“In its short history, Racing.com Park has become a significant asset for the Victorian thoroughbred racing industry and we are thrilled to showcase metropolitan class racing at this quality venue,” Carpenter said.

Pakenham becomes the fourth track outside Melbourne to host a standalone Saturday race meeting in Victoria, joining Ballarat, Bendigo and Mornington.

PRC chief executive Michael Hodge said securing a standalone Saturday Cup meeting had been a long-term ambition for the Club.

“We’ve advocated strongly for this standalone Saturday meeting and it’s been part of the vision of the Pakenham Racing Club,” Hodge said.

“We are committed to building this into a premier annual event on the Victorian racing calendar.”

Pakenham is scheduled to host 40 meetings across its turf and synthetic tracks during the 2016-17 racing season.

That number is likely to increase when used for meeting transfers later in the season.


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