Following an approach from the Mount Gambier Racing Club, Thoroughbred Racing SA (TRSA) have agreed to make significant changes to the Mount Gambier Gold Cup - moving the Cup to a one-day meeting in December from the current two-day Carnival in May.
This May's Scott Group of Companies Gold Cup will be the final time that the Cup is held in May and will bring with it its own changes. The May 2019 Carnival will change from the traditional Thursday and Friday two-day carnival, to a one-day Cup meeting to be run on Friday 10th May 2019.
Following this, for the 2019-2020 season the Cup meeting will be held on Friday 6th December 2019.
Mount Gambier Racing Club President John Fartch said the reason for the change was twofold.
"The move is an exciting change to December where it is more conducive weather wise from the traditional timeframe of May and avoids volunteer fatigue following the Generation of Jazz festival which is continuing to grow in Mount Gambier," he said.
TRSA Chair Frances Nelson QC said, "The industry has taken on board the Club's reasons for moving their Cup meeting and subsequently have approved the request.
"It is an exciting time for the Club to be on their new all-weather track that will help sustain and grow the jobs thoroughbred racing provides in the South East."
Following the recent $3.3M redevelopment of the Mount Gambier Racing Club track, part ($1.SM) funded from the Federal Governments Building Better Regions Fund, the first meeting on the new track is scheduled for Friday 12th April 2019 prior to the Cup meeting.
Trials will be held on the new track on Thursday 14th March 2019 for SE stabled horses only.
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