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Seymour racing returns for Ladies Day

By Meg Saultry

After several meetings were transferred from Seymour Racing Club in recent months, residents are being encouraged to pull out their fascinators and dress to the nines when horse racing returns to the area on August 24 for Ladies' Day.

Seymour Racing Club chief executive Penny Reeve said while it had been disappointing a number of its races had to be transferred due to issues with the track, the worst seemed to be behind them.

“The track is improving,” Reeve said.

“With the weather improving and more daylight hours, there has been more growth, and it’s anticipated to grow in the spring and summer.

“I think we’ll be able to hold all our races for the rest of the year.”

The club has scheduled meetings for September 5, October 3 and 31 and November 14 and 24, as well as its crown jewel, the Seymour Cup on October 20.

It will then take a break to do more work on the track before returning in April.

The Seymour track currently fields rye grass, but Reeve said they would look to over-sow it with Kikuyu grass.

"Kikuyu grass handles hot weather better than rye grass," she said.

“We’ll then come back in April.

“That’s the plan.”

But before then, the club has plenty planned, with Ladies' Day the first event to get locals excited about the spring racing season. 

"It should be a great day," Reeve said.

"We are sponsored by Broadford day spa Georgina and Co.

“We’ll have a fashion parade and there’ll be prizes for best dressed.

“It’s all a bit of fun on the day.”

For tickets to Ladies Day, head to either https://country.racing.com/seymour or the blub office to book. A $50 ticket includes admission, a two-course meal, a race book and a glass of bubbly on arrival.

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