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Picnic Racing Returns to Healesville Derby Day 31st October 2009
The 2009/10 Picnic Racing season commences with the Flemington Derby Day meeting at Healesville. This will be the fifth year Healesville has conducted the meeting where it has grown in success each year. It may not be the real Derby Day meeting but you can enjoy the beginning of the Melbourne Cup 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 $10 ($5 concession) entry fees compared to the $70 of Flemington. Combine that with being able to BYO beverages and catering and you are already a winner before the raceday betting has started.

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 or visit the picture gallery to see Healesville in action.

Healesville Marquees

Running Rail Changes Improve Safety
The Healesville Racing Club have just completed the replacement of their running rails and posts with all plastic to improve safety. They believe they are the first club in Australia to do so, great effort for a self funded operation.

Jockey Michael Schrapel
The start of every season brings a number of new jockeys seeking to try their hand at picnic racing. Michael Schrapel is one of the newcomers, a 3kg claimer who rides at a minimum of 56kg. Michael had his first race rides at Corowa Picnic Races on the 17th October 2009 and rode a second on Pemmtar and a third on But I'm a Princess. Michael can be contacted for rides on 042 1173 405. Good luck Michael !

Picnic Race Program 2009/10 Racing Season

Some News From the Handicapper
The minimum riding weight had been advertised as 64kg in the October addition of Inside Racing. As the minimum weights hadn’t been increased for a couple of seasons it was decided after an approach by some of the riders to increase the minimum for this season. The 64kg was consistent to the minimum weights applied for High weight races conducted at Professional meetings in Victoria. However after further research primarily only three riders were constantly riding overweight on minimum horses and on most occasions the overweight related to ½ kilo with 1 kilo being declared at times. The majority of riders were riding at 62kg. After consultation with the VJA and Stewards it was agreed the minimum weight for all picnic races will be 63kg an increase of 1 kilo from previous seasons.

There was also a request to include emergencies for the Picnics. This had been discussed some time back and at the time was dismissed by certain sectors of the industry. With the introduction of a scratching time for all Picnic meetings this has changed the landscape and it was agreed by all parties concerned only last week that for this upcoming season each race will have the provision of 4 emergencies if required.

Some News From the Tracks
Balnarring- Had a visit from Brian Tee MLC , Parliamentary Secretary for Justice who announced that the club had been succesful in securing a grant to construct a whiz bang childrens playground. Work will commence almost immediately on the 17metre x 11 metre all age playground and it will be ready for the December 5 meeting. Total cost around $55000.00
Another great attraction for the patrons at Balnarring picnic races.

Healesville- A sprinkler system has been installed on the track which will assist in maintaining the track in top order with plenty of good grass. The horse stall area down the back has also been further improved. New Steward stands around the track also have been put in place.
The cover over the betting ring will be complete this week. It is a hay shed type construction  with a high centre, open on all sides and appears will give good cover. It will not be solid surfaced at present for the Club is hoping for a grant. This years has been used on the watering of the track.

Note: Advice has been provided from RVL that there were a couple of errors made on this years Picnic Calendar. Revised dates, Yea St Pats now on Sunday 28th February. Colac St Pats now on Sunday 11th April. The calendar has been updated.


The coveted 2009 Emirates Melbourne Cup was officially handed over to a stellar line up of Tour Ambassadors at Flemington Racecourse on September 1, marking the start of this year's Emirates Melbourne Cup Tour.

To date, the Emirates Melbourne Cup has travelled more than 160,000 kilometres and visited close to 150 towns and cities across Australasia, reaching thousands of people.   The Dederang Race Club in North East Victoria's picturesque Kiewa Valley was lucky enough to secure a visit by the Melbourne Cup following a successful submission to host the world famous trophy.

The Cup will visit Dederang on Tuesday 27 October just one week out from the race and there are several events planned to make the day a memorable one. The Cup will spend the morning in Mt Beauty visiting the hospital and Kiewa Valley House. The Cup will arrive in Dederang for a community BBQ at the Dederang Race Club at 12.30pm followed by a trip to Dederang Primary School.

In the evening, the Dederang Race Club will host a formal dinner with Greg Hall and the Melbourne Cup Trophy in attendance. We would like to invite anyone who would like to be part of this historical event to purchase a ticket to the dinner. There will be a fashion parade, entertainment, guest speakers from the racing industry and some wonderful raffle prizes on the night. All profits raised throughout the Cup visit will be donated to Alpine Health.

For tickets to the dinner and a chance to have a photo taken with the 18 carat gold Melbourne Cup Trophy, please contact D'Arcy Townsend on 0400 485 084 or Tania Weller on (02) 6028 9296 or 0403 868 866. Tickets are just $60 per head or tables of 10 can be purchased for $500. This includes finger food and drinks on arrival at 7.00pm, a sumptuous 2 course meal with drinks available at bar prices.

Winning Melbourne Cup jockey Greg Hall who raced to victory in 1992 on Subzero, has been announced as the Ambassador who will accompany the Cup to Dederang.  "The Emirates Melbourne Cup has an impact on people across the globe, which is difficult to comprehend and explain until you have the opportunity to travel on the Tour and see how the trophy uplifts community spirit," said Mr Hall.

For further information  regarding the Dederang activities  or quotable quotes contact:

Neville Seymour  - President, Dederang Race Club on 0260 24 6266 or 0407 246260



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