The Apsley Racing Club have been working hard to put together a great day of racing, fashion and family fun at their Cup meeting on Sunday June 9. The club is celebrating their 164th year, and so by now they certainly know how to entertain a crowd!
The races are held at the Edenhope Racecourse, and according to Apsley Race Club president Roger Pfitzner, the track is in top condition ahead of the weekend's event.
"The Edenhope Race Club have done a magnificent job in preparing the track and we are very grateful for all the hard work they put in throughout the year to maintain the track and course facilities," Mr Pfitzner said.
The club will host nine races, with the potential for a tenth, and has enjoyed strong support from trainers, both local and from further afield and in recent years.
With full fields contending every race in 2018 there are clearly plenty of horses ready to run at this time of year and keen to support the Apsley Club.
The feature race is the 2000m Di Giorgio Family Wines Apsley Cup, which boasts a respectable $40,000 in prize money.
Aside from the races, there will be plenty to entertain the punters, both young and old.
The Fashions on the Field event has impressive cash prizes on offer over a range of categories. The competition will also introduce a People's Choice prize for the first time.
"The judge's get to have their say on the winners, but we will draw people from the crowd to award prizes to the crowd favourites," said fashions coordinator Brooke White.
The winner of the main Fashions on the Field will receive $750 cash and the runner up will be given an accommodation package from the Parkview Hotel in Melbourne. This year there is also a $250 cash prize for the Best Dressed Local.
All entrants for this category must reside within 50km of Apsley.
"We're also thrilled that Quality Wool have come on board again to support wool fashion in this district where so much wool is produced," said Ms White.
The winner of the Best Dressed Wearing Wool wins $500 from Quality Wool and the runner up collects a prize package from Mini Jumbuk.
The club will also award $250 to the Best Dressed Gent, so put your best shirt on fellas!
Kids can join in on the fashion action too. There will be a prize for the Best Dressed Girl and Boy, but everyone who joins in will take home a prize bag, and has the chance to win some bonus spot prizes.
There will also be a merry go round, a large jumping castle and slide, and organised sports activities from Kelly Sports to keep the kids entertained. All of these activities are free all day.
"We really want to encourage families to come out for the day so we've tried to offer something for kids of all ages," said club manager Lisa Inkster.
With the unpredictable nature of the weather at this time of year, there are a range of options to keep racegoers protected from bad weather.
Racegoers can get a group together and join in the fun in the marquee area, either in their own private marquees or in the Di Giorgio Queens Birthday Marquee where all the organisation is done for you.
Queen's Birthday marquee attendees get finger food, live music, private bar, a take home wine glass and two free drinks for $75.
All bookings can be made through the Country Racing Victoria website or phone 0427989212.
There are also plenty of ways for the casual race goer to avoid any bad weather. There will be fires around the course to keep punters warm and the on-course dining room is open all day serving lunch and afternoon tea, for anyone looking to escape the elements.
Of course there will be all the bookies in full swing in the betting ring as well as an on-course TAB. Full bar facilities, including wine from Di Giorgio Family Wines, as well as coffee and food vans will be on track to ensure the racegoers every need is catered for.
Bus transport is on offer to get racegoers safely to and from the racecourse. Buses will pick up from Mt Gambier, Casterton, Penola, Mundulla, Naracoorte, Apsley, Bordertown, Kaniva, Minimay, Hamilton, Horsham and Natimuk. Get in quick to book your seats before they are full.
Speaking of safe travels, the TAC will be on course providing free breath tests as well as extra goodies for all the designated drivers.
"We hope to see everyone at Edenhope for a full day of racing, great local food and wine and family fun," said Ms Inkster.
"Gates open at 11am, but the full race program is yet to be confirmed. Stay tuned to Facebook for updates on the timing of races, and the program of activities for the day."
For more information search for Apsley Racing Club on Facebook.
All bookings go to the website countryracing.com.au/apsley or contact Club Manager Lisa Inkster 0427 989 212.