WANGARATTA Turf Club has been named Country Racing Victoria’s Club of the Year.
Club chief Paul Hoysted accepted the award from Premier and Racing Minister Denis Napthine at a gala event held at the Melbourne Convention Centre on Saturday night.
Hoysted said the achievement was recognition of the hard work by staff and the many volunteers involved with the club.
“It has been a sensational year for the club in completing our master plan, which sets out our strategic direction to become a major training, equine education and racing centre for country Victoria,” Hoysted said.
“This month the club will complete $1 million worth of capital investment into the training facilities which have been made possible with the strong growth the club has achieved this season.”
Wangaratta trumped other finalists Cranbourne Turf Club, Dunkeld Racing Club and Swan Hill Jockey Club for the award.
The award takes into account a club’s profitability, attendance, and community involvement.
Wangaratta also boasts one of country Victoria’s pre-eminent training facilities.
Benalla Racing Club was recognised by taking out the best new event concept award for its community cups race day.
Former Brett Cavanough stable apprentice, Josh Cartwright, was named the leading Victorian country apprentice jockey.
Ballarat trainer Darren Weir won the George Hanlon Medal for the state’s leading country trainer for the ninth straight year.