|Alexandra Cox Plate Day
The 20016/17 Picnic Racing season commences with the Cox Plate meeting on Saturday 22nd October 2016 at Alexandra. This will be the third year Alexandra has conducted the meeting where it has grown in success each year. It may not be the real Cox Plate meeting hosted by Moonee Valley but you can enjoy the Spring Racing carnival with family and friends in a fun atmosphere without the crowds and extra expense. Great Fun and Great Value racing can be had for $12 entry fees compared to the higher costs of the metropolitan tracks. Combine that with being able to BYO beverages and catering and you are already a winner before the raceday betting has started.
Alternatively, umbrellas to Marquees located on the grassed area adjacent to the home straight can be booked if you wish to spend the day in style and the club can organise facilities through their preferred caterers. Marquees, tables, chairs, food and beverage can all be provided to help make your day a success whatever the size of your group. Click here for further details on arranging catering packages.
Healesville Derby Day
Alexandra is followed up by the Flemington Derby Day meeting at Healesville on Saturday 29th October 2016, then the Melbourne Cup meeting at Mansfield on Tuesday 1st November 2016 with the final meeting of the carnival at Balnarring on Stakes Day on Saturday 5th November 2016.
Healesville is renowned for its setting under the Elms. It is a perfect setting for a family picnic. There is plenty of lawn space and many shaded areas for spreading the picnic rug. The feeling of being close to the action whereever you are around the course, adds excitement to the pleasure of relaxing in a picturesque setting.
Mansfield Melbourne Cup Day
Cup Day at Mansfield is one of the highlight meetings of the year. Set in the spectacular surrounds of the High Country it is worth visiting overnight and spending some extra time in the area. Mansfield is surrounded by grazing districts and mountain forests. The area is famous for its stunning scenery with a number of movies being filmed in the attractive mountain ranges. Mansfield is the closest major town to the snowfields of Mount Buller which is Australia's largest ski resort and the most popular in Victoria. Within a short drive of Mansfield are natural attractions such as Lake Eildon, Lake Nillahcootie, and a number of state and national parks.
The Cup Day meeting is a major attraction for the area with many of the local businesses setting up marquees along the home straight to enjoy the day. The day is fully serviced by local bookmakers and totalisator. A pleasant drive from Melbourne this is another great option for avoiding the expense and crowds of Flemington yet being able to enjoy the atmosphere of a Melbourne Cup.
Balnarring Stakes Day
Stakes Day at Balnarring closes out the Cup week nicely, a favourite for picnic racegoers where you can drive into the treed racecourse and setup a picnic beside your car and stroll to all facilities. The Balnarring Picnic Race Club has a long and proud history dating back to 1863. It was in that year that the Hastings and Balnarring Racing Club, as it was then known, commenced racing. The site used for the first meeting remains the site used today.
The Balnarring Race Course is located on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula between Port Philip and Western Port Bays. Only 1 hour from Melbourne, the unique location offers the racegoer the opportunity to explore many nearby wineries, restaurants and popular beaches. A day at the Balnarring races is an ideal social event for corporate or social groups. In a relaxed environment, the Balnarring Picnic Racing Club can provide for:
- the entertaining of clients;
- company social clubs;
- staff Christmas parties; and
- group social days.
Racegoers can take the opportunity to enjoy the races from the comfort of a marquee. There are a number of options for Marquee packages and their location at Balnarring.