THE chance to win a holiday to the city of love is expected to lure more than 2000 people through the gates of the Warrnambool racecourse on Oaks Day.
The meeting, which will be on November 7 this year, has grown to be one of the biggest on the Warrnambool Racing Club’s calendar outside the May carnival, and club chief executive John Green said it continues to grow.
“We are expecting 2000 people this year, which is a great effort for a work day,” he said.
“This will be the tenth year we have had a race meeting on Oaks Day, and in those 10 years we have seen it grow in popularity.
“It’s now one of the biggest meetings the club hosts outside the May carnival.”
He said one lucky racegoer would walk away from the meeting with a holiday to Paris.
Mr Green said hospitality and marquee packages were selling fast and anyone interested should “get in quick”.
The meeting received a boost last week, with Premier, Minister for Racing and member for South West Coast Denis Napthine announcing an $11,000 contribution from the Raceday Attraction Program.
Dr Napthine said the government contribution was in addition to $7765 from the club and $8034 from Country Racing Victoria.
“Warrnambool Racing Club’s efforts to attract new patrons on Oaks Day tie in well with the government’s Raceday Attraction Program that aims to increase attendance at Victorian racetracks on non-feature days,” Dr Napthine said.
Club chairman Des Roberts said the state government funding was a welcome boost to the event.
“It will allow us to market this meeting to a larger audience and provide more incentives to attract a new crowd to our meeting,” Mr Roberts said.