Stawell Gold Cup at Donald

Racing Victoria has confirmed that the Stawell Racing Club meeting programmed for Easter Sunday has been transferred to Donald.

The meeting, which was headlined by the Ecycle Solutions Stawell Gold Cup, cannot proceed at the Stawell Racecourse with the track unsuitable for racing after a suspected act of vandalism.

Donald has been deemed suitable to race on Easter Sunday and will cater for the raceday participants including owners and trainers who would have normally had their horses run at Stawell on Easter Sunday.

The Ecycle Solutions Stawell Gold Cup will be the feature race of the eight race card at Donald on Easter Sunday.

While the horse racing will be at Donald on Easter Sunday, Stawell Racing Club officials have a major event planned at the Stawell Racecourse in order to cater for the thousands of patrons who traditionally flock to the races.

Free entry will be provided to the Ecycle Solutions Family Fun Day and Phantom Race Meeting at the racecourse, which will be host to a variety of events and activities to cater for all ages.

Live music will be played throughout the day from Punk, Rock Cover Band 'Trunk', while the big screen will be operating, ensuring patrons can view all the races from around the country, including the Ecycle Solutions Stawell Gold Cup and all supporting races from Donald.

There will be face painting, temporary tattoos, the rock climbing wall and bungy experience, jumping castle, Kelly Sports supervised children's activities, an oversized egg and spoon race with the chance to win an iPod Touch, an Easter treasure hunt featuring a $1000 prize pack to give away, while every child through the gate will receive a free Easter egg from the Easter Bunny.

As well, there will be a chance to win one of two seven day family Britz holidays and the first 100 families through the gate will receive a Country Racing Victoria sports bag.

TAB facilities will be operating, along with bookmakers in attendance.

Patrons can make the most of a $10 return bus from Halls Gap and Lake Fyans, while there will be a free town bus operating after the family fun day.

Some fantastic prizes will also be up for grabs in Fashions on the Field, which will be hosted by jockey and talented compere Casey Bruce.

"While we are incredibly disappointed that we're not racing at Stawell on Easter Sunday we are determined to push on in some capacity," Stawell Racing Club's Operations Manager Penny Penfold said.

"We have received overwhelming support from the local community. We have maintained a focus on providing entertainment and activities for people of all ages, and we are looking forward to the community turning out in support of the club."

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