THE first country meeting of the Spring Carnival will be run and won at Murtoa on Saturday.
The Murtoa-Marma Racing Club committee is expecting a large crowd for tradies and ladies day, which coincides with Murtoa’s Big Weekend.
There are eight races on the card, including the $25,000 feature event, the K. and J. Baker Murtoa Cup.
President David Delahunty said there would be plenty of entertainment both on and off the track.
He said Horsham band Accousticus Stomp and DJ Bobby would provide live music until 8pm.
There will also be a ‘tradies dash’, a giant slide for children and a daiquiri bar.
“There’s going to be plenty for everybody,” Mr Delahunty said.
He said the cup day was perfectly timed between the end of football season and the start of tennis and cricket.
“It’s a great day out. People can sit back and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere,” he said.
“It’s always a big day because it coincides with the Turnbull Stakes, which is pretty much the start of the Spring Carnival.”
Despite wet weather during the week, conditions are expected to be good.
“I might be biased but I’ve never seen the track looking so good – I’ve had other people outside the club say that too,” Mr Delahunty said.
“The committee has put in a lot of work and we also have a lot of volunteers who are right behind the club.
Mr Delahunty said the committee and volunteers had completed hours of work around the grounds, including re-cladding the outside of the bar and function room.
“Daymon Kerrins has re-sheeted the whole building with help from volunteers,” he said.
“It looks fantastic.”
Mr Delahunty said marquee packages had sold well.
“We’re ready to go and it’s all looking very promising,” he said. “I’d like to invite everyone to come out and have a great day.”