WODONGA and District Turf Club has been given an additional race meeting after Racing Victoria announced it had transferred a meeting set down for Kilmore.
The Seymour track has ongoing issues with the surface after undergoing a renovation last year which has forced a reshuffle of the racing calendar.
Kilmore will now host the Seymour Cup program on Sunday with Kilmore's scheduled meeting on Tuesday transferred to Wodonga.
Club general manager Steve Wright said the decision would provide some compensation after Racing Victoria's decision to scrap all non-TAB meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic until at least early November.
Wodonga was set to host a non-TAB meeting on Saturday which is traditionally its second biggest crowd-wise.
"We are grateful to pick-up a meeting and the track is in great shape," Wright said.
"It will provide a bit of compensation for not being able to hold a meeting on Saturday.
"I think Racing Victoria do realise how good our track is and are keen to utilise it when they can.
"It's a good result for our local trainers and industry participants to have access to another meeting without having to travel."
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Racing Victoria announced last week that owners are allowed to attend regional meetings under COVID-safe protocols.
However, crowds are still banned for all Victorian race tracks.
Wright is hopeful Racing Victoria will ease restrictions further in time to allow crowds to attend the Wodonga Gold Cup meeting on November 27.
"We are planning to have a crowd on Wodonga Cup day," he said.
"We are just not sure about what scale as yet and we have got a few different plans in place.
"As the days tick past we are keeping our fingers crossed but the number of coronavirus cases in Melbourne still fluctuates on daily basis.
"So we are just going to hope for the best."