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Dunkeld Racing Club

The Dunkeld Racing Club hosts the ever popular Dunkeld Cup in November annually. The event has become a must attend race meeting for many people right throughout Australia. The success of the event has resulted in the club being awarded numerous local and statewide awards. Dont sit and wonder any longer, get yourself trackside and find out for yourself. We promise you will not be dissapointed. FOR A COMPREHENSIVE LIST OF DETAILS REGARDING THIS GREAT DAY PLEASE REFER TO OUR CLUB INFORMATION PAGE.

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Dunkeld Racing Club

The 2013 Dunkeld Cup will once again be a great day out for all those who attend.  Once you attend it becomes apparent as to why this must attend event is the recipient of local and statewide awards year after year.  This unique raceday has something on offer for everyone.
Gates open at 10am.
The event is a No BYO Alcohol event.
Patrons are permitted to BYO Non Alcoholic beverages in sealed plastic bottles or cans.
No glass is permiited into the venue.
Patrons are permitted to BYO Food.  No large knives permitted.
No Shade Canopies or Umbrellas permitted to be bought on course.
All racegoers will need to pass through a security point at the entrance gates.
First Aid Services available on course.
Free parking is available in the 2 public cars parks.
Parking accessible via Victoria Valley Road or cemetery Lane.
Please follow directions of Traffic Management Staff and Parking Attendants as you approach the venue.
The following is a summary of the different locations available on course to purchase marquee and umbrella packages.
Mt. Abrupt Enclosure:
This is a very popular enclosure locate at the top of the home straight with a direct view of the track.  The area is close to toilets, bars, bookmakers, TAB facilities, Food outlets and has its own live music playing during the day.  This is the ideal enclosure for your mini or entertainer marquee package.
Car. Park Enclosure:
Located adjacent to the kids activities enclosure this is a great position for family groups.  It is only a 15 metre walk to the track for a great view of the racing action.  This enclosure has its own toilets, BBQ and Bar outlet and is right beside the TAB.  This is ideal for mini marquee and entertainer marquee packages as well as umbrella packages.
Foodcourt Enclosure:
Locates at the back of the mound this area is great for larger groups.  This is where all the action is.  Whilst it is a small walk around to to see the action on track you have the best access to Food outlets, Bars, Toilets, TAB and Bookmakers, Fashions on the Field, Live Music.  This is ideal for Party Marquee packages, Entertainer Marquee and Mini Marquee Packages.
Stalls Enclosure:
Located right beside the betting ring and mounting yard this is the ideal enclosure for the punters.  You also have your own bars, food outlets and spectacular live music playing during the day.  This enclosure is ideal for Mini and Entertainer Marquee packages.
Trackside Enclosure:
This boutique enclosure is located with a direct view of the track and a great view of the mounting yard.  You have your own live music, toilets, bars and quick access to betting and hospitality services.  Ideal for Mini and Entertainer Marquee packages.
Centre Infield Enclosure:
Located in the centre of the racecourse this enclosure is restricted to those people who have packages in the area.  It is a brilliant enclosure with a direct view of the track and the finsihing post.  it is fully services with everything you could possible want on the day.  ideal for Premium Centre Infield Marquee, Party Marquee and corporate tailored groups of 30 people plus.
Umbrella Packages:
We have a great range of premium track view positions available for Umbrella Packages.  This affordable package is very popular and why wouldnt it be with such a great position overlooking the track and close to everything you could possibly want on the day.
A minimum of 20 bookmakers will be operating on the day throughout the venue.
30 TAB Operators on course to take your bets all day.
A wide range of food options are available on course these include:
Fast Food Outlets
BBQ Outlets
Wood Fired Pizza
Sandwiches, Rolls and Afternoon Tea
Coffee and Ice Creams
Those people with marquee and umbrella packages can order catering - please contact the club on 0400 557 625 for your options.
All food outlets will have soft drink and water available to purchase.
12 Public Bars will be operating throughout the venue with a range of Heavy, Mid and Light Beer, RTD Spirits and UDL's, Wine, Champagne and a dedicated Frozen Dacquiri Van.
Once again the venue will host live music in each of the enclosures.  This has become a very popular feature of the annual event.  Our performers this year include:
Jon Peters, Darryl Widle, Nick How, Phil Holmes and David Anderson.  They will be performing from 2.30pm through until 5.00pm.
We have a secure fenced kids activity enclosure.  This area has one entrance which is guarded by professional security staff to ensure that your children enjoy their day in this fantastic enclosure.  Our activities this year include:
Giant Slide, Jumping Castle and structured sporting and circus activities hosted by 2 professional staff from Kelly Sports.  This is a great addition to our event and is sure to keep children of all ages busy during the day.
Categories for this year include:
Best Dressed Female
Best Dressed Teenager - 13 years and over
Best Dressed Male
Junior Racegoer - 12 and under
Register at the Fashions Marquee located at the Race Day Office from 12.30pm until 1.30pm.  Dunkeld Racing Club reserves the right to change prizes and categories at their discretion.  Judging commences at 2.00pm at the Fashions Stage.
Terms & Conditions
IF for any reason the booking is cancelled by the marquee holder the following condiditons apply:
NON refundable if cancelled within 10 (ten) days of the event.
If for any reason the race meeting is cancelled the following conditions apply:
Cancellation of the meeting prior to the start of racing, the club will recover its costs and refund balance to marquee holder.
If for any reason the race meeting is cancelled once racing has commenced the following conditions apply:
Non-refundable once racing has commenced.
Saturday, 16 November 2013 - Dunkeld Cup
Race 1: Super Vobis Three-Years-Old Maiden Plate
Race 2: Maiden Plate
Race 3: Maiden Plate
Race 4: 0 - 58 Handicap
Race 5: 0 - 58 Handicap
Race 6: 0 - 62 Handicap
Race 7: 0 - 68 Handicap
Race 8: Royal Mail Hotel William Thomson Dunkeld Cup

Travel & Accommodation

ADDRESS Cemetery Lane, Dunkeld
BUS V /Line bus from Melbourne twice daily. For information regarding bus travel from other towns please contact your local hire bus providers.
CAR Western Highway to Ararat, take turn-off to Willaura/Glenthompson to Dunkeld. 
Via Geelong, Mortlake, Caramut, Penshurt to Dunkeld 

Via V-Line Service from Melbourne.

Depart Southern Cross Station Melbourne to Ballarat
Depart Ballarat via Coach arriving at Dunkeld

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At the foot of Mt. Sturgeon, the southern tip of the Grampians and the Great Dividing Range you will find the booming little town of Dunkeld. Named after a town in the Scottish Grampians, Dunkeld has enjoyed a stellar revival in the last 15 years.

The attraction to Dunkeld is instant, the well kept main street is dotted with shops, the stand-out feature being the Royal Mail Hotel where linen lined tables serve gourmet meals as well as high quality pub fare. Gourmet Traveller magazine voted its wine list as the best in Australia. The huge list includes local wines from the Henty, Grampians and Pyrenees wineries.
Dunkeld is well and truly on the tourist map now as the starting point for many who look to spend time in the Grampians, but Dunkeld has many highights of its own.

You will find an Arbouretum at the end of a pleasant walk along the small creek through the town. This well loved sanctuary has been cleverly planned. For the more vigourour visitor, a hike up Mt. Sturgeon, Mt. Abrupt or the Piccaninny gives the visitor a great view of the entire Southern Grampians range.

The history of this fascinating district is well documented at the Dunkeld Museum. Dunkeld is quite simply spoilt with accommodation options.
Without doubt the most colorful day of the year belongs to the Dunkeld Races that have quickly become famous around the state of Victoria. Horses hooves thunder past you under the impressive peaks of the mountains.

LOCAL ACCOMODATION For information regarding accommodation options please contact the Dunkeld Visitor Information Centre on 03 5577 2558
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The Dunkeld Racing Club welcomes all new members. To download a membership application form, please click here.

For details about membership benefits, please contact Karen Van Kempen, Club Manager,  on 0400 557 625.

Dunkeld Racing Club

Phone: (0400) 557 625