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.
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