The Cox Plate Carnival will be launched in style tonight with a new $1 million super screen to be unveiled at Moonee Valley Racecourse.
Minister for Racing Denis Napthine switched on the super screen for the first time at the Manikato Stakes meeting. The screen will deliver cutting edge technology to one of Victoria’s most prominent racing venues.
The super screen was funded through a $500,000 grant from the Victorian Coalition Government’s Victorian Racing Industry Fund with the Mooney Valley Racing Club (MVRC) providing $400,000 and Racing Victoria Limited (RVL) contributing $100,000.
“The screen has been installed right on time for the running of the world’s premier weight-for-age championship, the $3 million 2,040 metre Cox Plate,” Dr Napthine said.
“The super screen is an exciting addition that will bring racegoers closer to the action than they have ever been before.”
“The permanent 160 square metre LED screen will give racegoers crystal clear vision of Mooney Valley’s unique racetrack and add a new dimension to the Cox Plate, Friday night racing and the many other Moonee Valley racedays.
“Moonee Valley is also working on its 15 to 20 year master plan, which includes a world-class grandstand and a wider track with a longer home straight for an even better racing experience,” Dr Napthine said.
MVRC Chairman Bob Scarborough said the new super screen will greatly enhance the on-course experience for all racegoers that attend Moonee Valley.
“With our unique amphitheatre, the new super screen allows us to present racing in a modern and exciting fashion, bringing all of the colour and action to our audience. The super screen will be at its most effective when Moonee Valley races at night, such as, at the launch of the Sportingbet Manikato Stakes,” Mr Scarborough said.
“The MVRC is appreciative of the support from Minister Napthine through the Victorian Racing Industry Fund and from RVL, to enable the club to undertake this important project.”
Racing Victoria Chief Operating Officer, Bernard Saundry thanked the Coalition Government for their vision and support of thoroughbred racing in Victoria.
“The highly competitive sports and entertainment environment in which horse racing operates means customers expect high quality vision and screens to follow the action and to inform and complement their raceday experience,” Mr Saundry said.
“We anticipate this enhanced vision will support strategies to foster attendance growth at Moonee Valley race meetings, improve customer experience and also offer further opportunities for the club to increase revenue from non-racing events.
“On behalf of the industry, I would like to thank the Coalition Government for their on-going investment into infrastructure for the Victorian racing industry and applaud Moonee Valley Racing Club for their commitment to continually enhancing the on-course experience for all racegoers,” Mr Saundry said.