Byron Bay race meet attracts strong support

This year’s Byron Bay Cup has been set down for Sunday, August 30 at the Ballina racecourse.

It will mark the 121st anniversary of the first running of the Byron Bay Cup.

Despite some statewide cutbacks in prizemoney in country NSW, the Ballina Jockey Club is increasing prizemoney for the cup to $25,000.

Jockey club CEO, Sarah Wills said the prizemoney should guarantee top quality race fields and an exciting day’s racing and also reflected the club’s ongoing commitment to make it a premium race meeting on the Northern Rivers racing program.

“The race meeting is attracting strong support from the Byron Bay community and this is reflected in the fact that the majority of last year’s race sponsors have again committed to sponsorships in the 2009 Cup meeting,” she said.

The SPAR supermarket chain will be sponsoring the Cup itself and only two other races remain open for sponsorship.

The jockey club is continuing with the very popular 100 Club concept introduced last year in which the Byron Bay community is offered the opportunity to purchase tickets for entry into a VIP marquee where a premium package of food and beverages will be served.

 Tickets will be on sale soon through the club and through the club’s ambassador, Ross King, on 0412 361 786.

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