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2014 Ballarat Cup to be a standalone Saturday metropolitan meeting

Nov 29, 2013

The 2014 Sportsbet.com.au Ballarat Cup is set to be held on a Saturday in 2014 in a wonderful result for Ballarat racing!

This exciting development will further raise the profile of the event both locally and Australia-wide and cementing its place as the fitting finale to the Spring Racing Carnival.

Sportsbet.com.au Ballarat Cup day, which boasts the richest prizemoney of any country cup meeting in Victoria, will be held on Saturday 22nd November 2014.

Ballarat Turf Club CEO Lachlan McKenzie stated “This is fantastic news for the Ballarat Turf Club, the Ballarat community and racing in general. We have been afforded the opportunity to stage an event which will close out the Spring Racing Carnival with a bang. We look forward to developing what will be a massive event for Ballarat.

The standalone Saturday Cup will attract far greater attendance from the local community, whilst providing the basis for people to visit and spend a weekend in our great city and visit all the attractions that Ballarat has to offer”.

Sportsbet.com.au CEO Cormac Barry supported the move. “Sportsbet.com.au Ballarat Cup Day carries significant prize money and quality racing. We support the Ballarat Turf Club and Racing Victoria in shifting the date from a Sunday to a Saturday. We feel the meeting will continue to get significant support from leading trainers and jockeys, and will be celebrated locally by the Ballarat community.”

Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said “Being involved in Ballarat Cup Day has become a significant part of our national Magic Millions Race Series.

The Ballarat Turf Club is one of the most progressive clubs in Australia and their cooperation in establishing the innovative Clockwise Classic has been sensational. Magic Millions is delighted to be part of Ballarat Cup Day and support the Victorian racing industry.

We look forward to working with the BTC on the development of the standalone Saturday meeting for it to become a recognised part of the Spring Racing Carnival.”

City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Joshua Morris was delighted to learn of the change in date and the standalone status for the Ballarat Cup Meeting. Cr Morris said ”The standalone Saturday Ballarat Cup will underpin what will develop into a great weekend for tourism and community involvement in Ballarat. The new race date will bring many visitors to our city and provide opportunity for us to showcase the many great things that we have to offer.

We welcome this announcement and commend Racing Victoria on this initiative. The Ballarat Turf Club is a major provider of entertainment and hospitality in Ballarat and I am sure they will make the Saturday Cup a fantastic success."

Together with the City of Ballarat, Ballarat Regional Tourism and the entire Ballarat community, the Ballarat Turf Club is positioned to deliver a stand-alone Saturday Ballarat Cup that will be one of the most successful regional racing events in Victoria and the jewel in Ballarat’s event crown.

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