RACING Orange interim chief executive officer Daniel Brincat is hoping Towac Park will be transformed into a mini Flemington when the Orange track hosts its Melbourne Cup Day meeting next Tuesday.
Melbourne Cup day is traditionally the biggest meeting on the Racing Orange calendar, with crowds in excess of 2000 people flooding the track to witness Central Western Districts racing and the race that stops the nation.
In 2011 the club hosted just over 2000 people on the first Tuesday of November.
In 2012 that figure was bumped up to 2500.
Mr Brincat was banking on the number of people turning out to Towac Park this year increasing again.
“We’re hoping to get close to the 3000 mark this year,” he said.
“They’re very big crowds for a country club that races nine times, including picnics, a year. The community certainly has shown its support to us. We’re hoping with a bit of fine weather ... it’s being trackside, getting in amongst the atmosphere and replicating a mini Flemington.”
Gates open for the five-race program at 11.30am.
Helping Mr Brincat and Racing Orange turn Towac Park into the city’s slice of thoroughbreds for the day will be live music, a bumper five-race program and the all-important fashions on the field.
Mr Brincat said there will be fashion-spotters in the crowd on Tuesday identifying the best dressed males and females for this year’s field.
There’s the club’s Group One function room as well as Thoroughbred Shed.
Tickets for both are available at racingorange.com.au
Fashions on the field has Danielle Louise, Hartfords Menswear, Kink and Sheeradiance prizes for best dressed men and women.
“It’s the atmosphere. If you can’t be at Melbourne, at least you get to come here and be trackside and see the horses, the main race and witness some of the local races,” Mr Brincat enthused.
The Melbourne Cup will be shown live out at Towac Park on the screens provided.
Courtesy buses will be leaving from opposite the Canobolas Hotel from 11.30am running at half hour intervals.
A bus will then run charters returning to the central business district from 4.30pm, also running at half hour intervals.
General admission tickets are $15.