FIELD FASHION: Pricilla Dollery and Regan Vidler at the 2015 Ballina Cup.
FIELD FASHION: Pricilla Dollery and Regan Vidler at the 2015 Ballina Cup. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Huge boost to Ballina Cup prize money

A SIGNIFICANT increase in prize money will give a boost to Ballina's major horseracing event of the year.

The 2016 Slipway Hotel Ballina Cup is sure to attract a big crowd on Thursday, September 8.

General manager Matthew Bertram said the event was shaping up really well.

He expects a crowd of about 3000 if it's a sunny day.

"Last year we pre-sold 1000 tickets and had about 2000 people on the day," Matthew said.

"It's a great social day out in the Ballina community."

The main race of eight races carries prize money worth $65,000.

Overall, Matthew says the winners will take home an increase of $15,000 per race - a total boost of $120,000.

Free buses to and from the course will make travelling and parking easier for punters.

Gates open at 11am, with the first race starting at 12.43pm.

Well-dressed patrons can try their luck in the Fashions on the Field competition.

Pop-up eateries, a beer garden and live entertainment will add a party atmosphere.

Entry is $20 at the gate or $15 pre-sale, available from the Ballina Jockey Club or Slipway Hotel.

"All-inclusive" VIP marquee tickets are available from the club for $150.

Phone (02) 6686 0333 to book or email reception@ballinajockeyclub.com.au.


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