Racing Back At The Valley After Four Month Break
Racing returns to Moonee Valley this Saturday in the first metropolitan meeting of the new season. The track has thrived over its extended break and places the Club in a strong position to meet the demands of this season’s racing calendar.
Racecourse Manager Martin Synan said, "The course is the best it's been in my time at Moonee Valley and we are well placed for spring and a busy summer schedule”.
The new prizemoney levels will come into play this Saturday with 2 races at $100,000 and the remaining 6 races at $80,000. That is an additional $120,000 on offer for a standard metropolitan meeting, ensuring improved financial benefits to owners, trainers and jockeys.
Highlights on Saturday’s race card include the William Martin Harvey Sprint, which sees Eagle Falls for David Hayes return to racing. The Group 1 winner has an imposing first-up record and is proven at Moonee Valley, but does carry the top weight in the race. Challenges include Freereturn and the unbeaten One Last Dance for Peter Moody.
Jim Conlan’s Rekindled Interest will gallop at 11am prior to race 1 at Moonee Valley on Saturday in preparation for the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes on Saturday 15 September with the Group 1 Sportingbet Cox Plate the eventual target. Stablemates Moyenne Corniche (GB) and Saptapadi (IRE) will gallop with Rekindled Interest.
The Moonee Valley Racing Club is pleased to announce a new partnership with Make-A-Wish Australia. The partnership has been formed to help raise awareness and funds for this widely recognised and trusted children’s charity which aims to bring hope, strength and joy into the lives of children with life threatening medical conditions by granting their cherished wishes.
MVRC in conjunction with Make-A-Wish will be holding a race day luncheon in the Moonee Valley Committee Room featuring guest speakers and entertainment to raise money.
Brooke Simpkin was diagnosed with the life-threatening pineal cyst and has recently had her wish granted by Make-A-Wish finding herself in the USA with the opportunity to meet country singer Alan Jackson. Brooke also loves her horses and will be a guest, along with her mother Sharyn at the Wishes Raceday Luncheon.
The first of eight races will be run at 12.05pm with gates opening at 11am. $10 entry for adults, $5 for concession, and children are free. MVRC will donate 50% of patron gate entry to Make-A-Wish.
Patrons have the opportunity to sign up or renew their MVRC Membership on Saturday, with every Member going into the draw to win a new Mazda Maxx Sport Auto Hatch courtesy of Essendon Mazda. Members' Privileges include entry to all 29 day and night races, access to the Members Reserve, restaurants and bars and a complimentary racebook and beverage every meeting. New Memberships are available for just $240, or $150 for Young Membership (18-30 years) and there is no nomination fee!
Limited dining packages are still available and bookings can be made by calling 1300 79 79 59.