PREPARATIONS are well underway for the inaugural Halls Gap Cup.
The meeting is a joint initiative of Halls Gap Tourism and Stawell Racing Club and will be at Stawell Racecourse on Friday next week.
Halls Gap Tourism chairman Geoff Watts said the meeting was a way to put Halls Gap on the map.
"We've been looking at different ways we can do it and when this came up we thought it was a great idea," he said.
"We've put in some calls to Roy Higgins and Peter Moody to try to attract some quality horses, but the time factor has been a bit of an issue. We won't know how we've gone until the acceptances are out next week."
Mr Watts said the winning owner would receive a $1500 Halls Gap Cup.
"It's a gold cup and we're planning on having it on display,"he said.
We're going to get the white gloves out and show it off a bit we want it to be like the Melbourne Cup of the Wimmera."
Mr Watts said the race meeting coincided with ladies day.
"It's a special day to get women involved in country racing," he said.
"There will be a free drink and gift for ladies upon arrival."
Mr Watts encouraged people from the Wimmera to get behind the event.
"It's going to be a fantastic day," he said.
"There will be plenty of tables and chairs and we'll also have an area reserved for people from Halls Gap, Lake Fyans and Pomonal.
"We're running a bus from Halls Gap via Pomonal and Lake Fyans so visitors can experience the best of both worlds time relaxing in the beautiful Grampians and then a big day out at the races in Stawell. We hope that people will come to Halls Gap for a couple of nights and make a real trip of it."
Mr Watts said bus tickets cost $10 return, which included entry into Stawell Racecourse.
He said people could call 5356 4866 for more information or ticekts.