When it comes to proper racing carnivals, the Warrnambool May Racing Carnival is king.
Three straight days of racing action over the jumps and on the flat, each day bigger than the last.
Like schoolies for grown-ups, the Warrnambool carnival – simply The Bool to regulars – presents a chance for punters, trainers and jockeys alike to let their hair down.
Just ask Ollie.
By the time the third day of racing arrives, bringing with it the Warrnambool Cup and the time-honoured Grand Annual Steeplechase, the carnival hits a crescendo. Thousands of spectators make their annual pilgrimage up the hill for a better view of the famous jumps race, while race caller Ric McIntosh shouts himself hoarse.
With Country Racing Tours, you can enjoy an authentic ‘Bool experience with a minimum of fuss.
Just remember to pack your woolies.
While you might need a month to recover from the ‘Bool, that’s all the time you’ll get before the Swan Hill June Racing Carnival kicks off for the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. The weather is always a bit friendlier up north, but the racing action is fierce, with the Golden Topaz and the Swan Hill Cup among the prizes on offer. In addition to the three race days are three nights of fun & frivolity; it’s an enticing package, and if you book with Country Racing Tours you need only turn up and let the good times roll. While Warrnambool and Swan Hill hold a duopoly on the three-day racing carnival in country Victoria, Ballarat has announced its intentions to get in on the action, with its Festival of Jumps Racing a new addition to the calendar in 2016.
Country Racing Victoria chairman Lance McMillan has stated on numerous occasions he’d like to see more racing carnivals in Victoria.
Racing fans can expect more of a good thing, and for Country Racing Tours to be providing more brilliant experiences for racing enthusiasts.
Here is what you get…
Leave CBD early Tuesday morning:
– Coffee and egg and bacon rolls
– GiddyUp Fantasy punting private competitions
– MyPunter membership and racing tips for the 3 days of the carnival
– Exclusive wagering partner offer
– Food and beverages
– Stubby holders
Check into hotel and back on the bus to head to the track.
– Catered Marquee for the group
– Trainer to come and meet the group
– Punters club - Watch a race from the barriers
– Private tour of the new D K Weir facilities on course
– Entry into the after races pubs for each night
– Recovery lunch on Friday, and back on the bus for the ride home.