Off and racing
The third and final day of the May Racing Carnival is on today at the Warrnambool Racecourse. Gates open at 9.30am.
Star of the West Hotel, Port Fairy
The Star will again be running return buses from Port Fairy to the May Races. Buses depart Port Fairy an hour before the first race and return to Port Fairy, leaving the Warrnambool Racecourse half an hour after the last race. For more information contact the hotel on 5568 1715.
May Racing Carnival City Loop bus service
Buses from the city to the Warrnambool Racecourse depart on the half hour from 9.45am to 12.45pm from the Lava Street interchange (south side).
Stops include outside the Warrnambool Hotel in Kepler Street, the Western Hotel in Timor Street, the former Royal Hotel in Fairy Street, the Cally Hotel in Fairy Street, Mac's Hotel on the corner of Fairy Street and Raglan Pde, the Downtown Motel in Raglan Pde, Swan Reserve opposite the Central Court Motel and the Anchor Belle Motel in Darling Street.
Services arrive at the racecourse approximately 17 minutes after departure from Lava Street. Note: No buses will run from the Koroit/ Liebig Street bus stop. Travel is by gold coin donation with proceeds donated to the Warrnambool and District Community Hospice.
On Thursday buses to the city will depart the racecourse between 3.30pm and 6.30pm. For more information contact Transit South West on 5562 4555.
Warrnambool Bowls Club
The Warrnambool Bowls Club has live music each night of the carnival from 6pm. On Thursday Jason Bull will play live.
The Whalers Hotel
In the heart of town is the Whalers Hotel which will again have footage of the popular racing carnival projected onto the side of the building. The hotel has live music on each night of the carnival. On Thursday Travis McCarthy will play from 6pm to 9pm and duo Jase and Kristy Trotman from 9.30pm.
The hotel has a special $15 punters' breakfast throughout the carnival until Friday, available from 7.30am. There will be free buses to the racecourse in the morningand returning to the pub after the races. The hotel's May Races marquee in the hotel carpark has a food truck and the hotel's normal menu is also on offer to cater for the after-races rush of people keen to continue their day's celebrations.
The Cally has live music during the carnival. On Thursday Evareign will play from 7.30pm.
The hotel is also home to a Jericho Cup display which can be viewed during the carnival. It includes the $40,000 original collection of two solid bronze statuettes and seven paintings commissioned for last year's inaugural staging of the race meeting. The Jericho Cup honoured the Light Horsemen of the Anzacs in World War 1.
The Cally patrons can access free parking at the former Callaghan Motors site (opposite the hotel) while the temporary May Races marquee is up in the hotel car park. Car park access is from 7am to 11pm.
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