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Pakenham Picnic Races New Years Day 1st Jan. 2008
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The Pakenham Picnic Racing Club will be conducting their famous New Years Day Picnic Race Meeting again on Tuesday, January 1.

The club first raced in 1875 and the day is always a great family and social occasion eagerly anticipated each year by parishioners, members and public, some who have been attending for many years. It is a festive occasion where many acquaintances are renewed and a relaxed spirit pervades the course and immaculate surroundings.

The Pakenham Picnic Racing Club donates all proceeds from the race meeting to St. Patrick’s School, Pakenham. This season the club is also sponsoring a child through World Vision, as part of their charter as a not for profit organization. The club is sponsoring a nine year old boy in Nepal, Harka Bahadur Malasi and his community. The club is seeking anticipation for this project with a ‘Friends of the Pakenham Picnic Racing Club’ promotion. Membership is $25, the package includes a members and guest ticket and a $2 betting voucher from bookmaker Craig Allardice and the opportunity of sponsoring Harka Malasi. All ‘friends’ proceeds go direct to the sponsorship of the child and his community in Nepal. The picnic club is now in the process of sponsoring a second child through our ‘Friends’ promotion, of which more details will be available shortly. The club is also pleased to announce donations to 4 C’s and St. Vincent De Paul this coming season.

The club will conduct a six event program, with the first event around 1.45pm. The highlight of the program will be the running of the $3000 G. & K. O’Connor Pakenham Picnic Cup over 1750 metres, last year taken out by picnic horse of the year ‘Warrigal Tom’, trained by legendary  picnic mentor Alec Manning, who is always a great supporter of the Picnic Club.

The club is delighted to stage the fourth running of the $3100 David Bourke Trophy Race over 1300 metres, named in honour of our former secretary and committee member Mr. David Joseph Bourke. The race is once again being sponsored by the Pakenham Racing Club and last years winner was Vintage Dancer, trained at Sale by David Phelan, which stormed home to gain the verdict in a stirring finish. Both the Pakenham Picnic Cup and David Bourke Trophy Race are now two of the most valuable races on the picnic circuit.

Mr. Bourke was a tireless worker for the community and loved his involvement with the Pakenham Picnic Racing Club. He was a committeeman of our club and his advice was always sought. David attended all committee meetings, even though not in good health in the later stages. We honour the man and his involvement with our club.

Many friends of the late Trevor Lineham will be in attendance as the club honours one of picnic racing and Pakenham’s greatest characters with the $2400 Trevor Lineham Open Sprint Handicap over 1000 metres, which should be a keenly contested affair. The trophies alone to the winning connections are valued at $450.

We are pleased to have Cremin Frank Facey First National sponsoring the Maiden Handicap over 1000 metres. They have been a valued sponsor for a number of years and we look forward to their continued support. The Cardinia Shire Council has supported our race day once again and their sponsorship of the free Camp Australia activities is greatly appreciated. The club would like to thank Fiona Hodges and council for their efforts and support.
The club is pleased to welcome and thank Quinn Civil Contracting for their kind sponsorship of the Restricted Trophy Race over 1400 metres.

Once again Pakenham Produce and Worlds BEST HOOF OIL are helping the club by donating trophies for each of the six events. Horse Rugs, $50 vouchers, hoof oil, videos, as well as copy of legendary racecaller John Russell’s  book ‘An Ounce Of Luck’ will also be included as value added trophies to winning connections. The Pakenham Picnic Racing Club is recognized as the leader in picnic racing with the value added to their stakes, which is greatly appreciated by the winning connections.

Fashions on the Field will be a highlight of the day, with plenty of prizes in store for patrons of all ages to strut their stuff. Kids races are always popular on New Years Day with every child running going away a winner. The Pakenham Picnic Punters Club will be betting on all local and Flemington races. Our form experts Mick Carroll and Hank Knaap will endeavour to give shareholders every chance of finishing on the right side of the ledger and plenty of fun for $20.

Carlton Draught will be on tap along with all your liquor requirements, whilst punters have the choice of the tote as well as the bookies operating on all local, Flemington, Mornington and interstate meetings.

Legendary racecaller John Russell is club patron and will be in attendance on the day. Why not have a word to JR or perhaps you may be interested in purchasing a signed copy of his great racing read ‘An Ounce of Luck’, a book full of  racing stories and anecdotes.

Marquees are available on the day. The mini marquee can handle groups of ten and is a great way for a group to be involved together, with a great vantage point for the mounting yard and the horses parading before the race as well as the spectacle of watching the races from your own private area. You can book a mini marquee by ringing Bill Quin on 97074142. The cost is $250 and payment must be made by or before Friday, December 21. 

Our racecaller for the local events will be Paul Langham, well known over many years for his picnic race calls at Victorian high country meets. The club is very pleased and thankful to the Pakenham Racing Club for use of their immaculate facilities.

So please keep the day in mind, Pakenham Picnic Races on New Years Day, entry is $10 and memberships are available. For more details contact the Honorary Secretary Bill Quin on 97074142.

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