Oaks Day to shine at Yarra Valley Harness Races

Yarra Valley Racing is looking to make Oaks Day a special day for local ladies, by offering free entry to its harness racing meeting.  Liberal Member for Seymour Cindy McLeish and Minister for Racing Denis Napthine said Yarra Valley Racing is offering 1,000 free tickets to its Ladies Day enclosure for the race meeting on Thursday 8th November.

Each free ticket is valued at $50 and includes:
•    Free admission to the course
•    Free entry to the “Ladies Day Enclosure” including tables, chairs and market umbrellas.
•    Free children’s activities and free sausage sizzle
•    Live Band
•    Fashions on the Field and pamper marquee
•    Free Giveaways and a complimentary glass of De Bortoli “Pink Moscato”

“The Yarra Valley Ladies Day is a brilliant initiative to increase the popularity of harness racing with ladies, young and young at heart!,” Ms McLeish said.

“Harness racing is an exciting sport and I am sure the ladies attending Yarra Valley on November 8th will have a great day out.

“By offering 1,000 free tickets and a range of giveaways and raceday attractions, Yarra Valley Racing is hoping for a big week of events. The week will also include the Club’s Melbourne Cup meeting,” Ms McLeish said.

Yarra Valley Racing Chief Executive Brett Shambrook said the Club was very grateful for the State Government which helped with promotion of the Ladies Day Enclosure on Oaks Day at Yarra Glen.

“It is business as usual at Yarra Valley Racing with Australia’s best attended harness meeting on Melbourne Cup and now the club’s newest feature event – the exciting Oaks Day meeting,” Mr Shambrook said. 

“The club is very keen to develop the Oaks Day meeting as a part of its annual calendar.

“The promotion is marketed towards providing females with an opportunity to experience a day out at the races in a relaxed environment.  Women with young children are also encouraged to attend with free children’s entertainment on offer in the Ladies Day enclosure,” Mr Shambrook said.

The Victorian Government’s Raceday Attraction Program has provided $13,000 with Yarra Valley Racing also contributing $13,000.

Dr Napthine said the Coalition Government’s share of the funding is from the Raceday Attraction Program, derived from on-course wagering taxes.

“This program is squarely focused on increasing attendances at the state’s racetracks and helping to build the economic benefits and jobs from a stronger racing industry,” Dr Napthine said.

To get free tickets for the raceday simply email the Club at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call the office on 9730 1332