Region race day ready

Blue Pyrenees Estate chief winemaker and CEO Andrew Koerner, Face of the Cup Remi Gray and horse Snowy, and Avoca Shire Turf Club manager Kate Kirkpatrick are raring to go.

One of the region’s most highly anticipated country racing events will kick off this weekend, with the Blue Pyrenees Estate Avoca Cup once again set to bring top class entertainment, fashion and racing to the Pyrenees.

The cup has been running for over six decades and is a highlight of the spring racing calendar, expecting to attract upwards of 5000 patrons this Saturday.

Avoca winery Blue Pyrenees Estate has been supporting the cup for around five years and CEO and chief winemaker Andrew Koerner said with the racecourse just down the road from the winery, it’s a “match made in heaven”.

“The number one thing for us is that this is local, the wine is literally made a couple of kilometres from the racecourse so it’s a match made in heaven,” he said.

Avoca Shire Turf Club manager Kate Kirkpatrick said she’s expecting great numbers this year and that race day packages are selling out fast.

“If we can get that 5500-6000 number of patrons here again that’s what we’re aiming for,” she said.

Buses will be running from Maryborough and Ballarat to the course on the day and Ms Kirkpatrick said there are still some last minute camping spaces available.

Gates open on Saturday at 10.30 am. For more information or tickets visit https://country.racing. com/avoca.

For more on this story see Page 9 of The Advertiser, Friday, October 18

 

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