RACING Orange chair Ellie Brown is hopeful another bumper racing season in the city will help “open Towac Park up to the community.”
Since splitting the Golden West Race Club in 2011, the thoroughbred industry in Orange has gone from strength-to- strength and Ms Brown believes the work done at Towac Park over the winter will help reinvigorate Towac Park.
Racing Orange’s first meeting of the season is Friday, October 4, and Ms Brown believes a wider capability to host functions and an improved standard of racing is sure to put Towac Park on the map.
“We can’t believe how quickly winter has gone,” she said, with Racing Orange memberships recently launched and interest in the club’s Melbourne Cup day meeting already high.
“We’re trying lots of new things to try and get the community engaged. We’re continuing to build.”
Aiding the cause is Hilary Britton bringing her annual multiple sclerosis lunch out to Towac Park this year.
“We’re really excited about that,” Ms Brown added.
Along with making Towac Park one of Orange’s premier function spots, Racing Orange will endeavour to ensure race day is an enjoyable experience.
“We’ve got a few new concepts this season. We’ll have a Sunday session, which will include bands playing,” Ms Brown said.
Last year Racing Orange was granted $1.3million in funding to upgrade both the training and racing tracks.
“We’ve been doing a few little renovations and tidied up of a few things,” Ms Brown said.
“We’ve been busy letting the industry know what we’re doing and hope the work we’re putting in will help improve racing here in Orange.”