By Carole Levy
Werribee Racing Club general manager Ashley Baker says a new era has started for the club, with a strong focus in the 2018-19 season on enhancing relationships with businesses and the community.
He says the club’s drive to be a leading sports and entertainment provider is on track and membership numbers are up.
“We have partnered with international racing and breeding farm Spendthrift Australia, who have taken on the club’s naming rights, Ashley says.
“The racecourse is now known as Spendthrift Australia Park at Werribee.
“We are thrilled to announce this fantastic partnership with the leading Victorian-based breeding and racing farm.
“The name remains respectful of the proud history of the Werribee Racing Club, which dates back to 1861, with the partnership marking a new era for our club as we look to re-establish ourselves as a leader in the local community and the racing industry.
“Spendthrift Australia is a significant contributor to the industry, particularly here in Victoria, and this is a great opportunity to come together and work in partnership to grow our brands, both on and off the track”.
What’s on in the coming season?
Seven race meetings, with a focus on a relaxed family-friendly atmosphere, are scheduled, starting with the TAB Werribee Cup on Sunday, December 9.
There will be four weekend meetings, as well as a Friday meeting after Anzac Day to conclude the season.
“This year’s Werribee Cup promises to be the biggest in recent times,” Ashley says.
“The ambassador will be racing.com’s Kate Watts and it will be a day dedicated to family fun, with children’s activities and plenty of entertainment including the return of Fashions on the Field.
“The annual Christmas Eve meeting will again support the local CFA and Santa will be there to bring his cheer.”
The feature event, outside club race meetings, will be the International Breakfast to be held on Thursday, November 1. The cost is $99 or $79 for members.
“The champagne breakfast will be the last chance to see the international horses as they prepare for the Melbourne Cup,” Ashley says.
“It’s to be hosted by Shane Anderson and there’ll be an appearance by the jockey who rode the first international winner of the 1993 Melbourne Cup, Vintage Crop. And the Melbourne Cup trophy will be on display.”
Club memberships, purchased online, still cost $50, while family memberships cost $99.
Spendthrift Australia Park at Werribee, Bulban Road, Werribee. Inquiries: 9741 1800 or country.racing.com/werribee