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Kilmore Pacing Cup revitalised

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Kilmore Racing Club will this year host the Kilmore Pacing Cup on Friday, September 23 – the AFL grand final public holiday.

The club is looking forward to hosting festivities during the afternoon and evening, including a market with more than 100 stalls.

Not only will the cup feature harness racing action, but there will also be pony trots, a Kelly Sports AFL clinic and all-day dining in the Trackside bistro serving food and drinks.

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In a first for Kilmore, the club will also host Bulla Bohemian Market at the racecourse, adding to the atmosphere of the event, from 2pm to 9pm.

Kilmore Racing Club marketing and partnerships manager Lindsey Melis said it was the first time the Bulla Bohemian Market had set up in a secondary location.

“Kilmore Racing Club is so grateful to the organisers Donna and Kerri for seeing and sharing our vision and agreeing to partner with us to ensure that the community has a new experience to attend on an already great racing program,” she said.

“The Bulla Bohemian Market will have more than 100 stalls, as well as buskers, food trucks, kids favourites such as fairy floss and a jumping castle, as well as many other sites that promise loads of fun for everyone.”

The market will be at the northern end of the racecourse reserve.

Kilmore Racing Club officials hope people from the Mitchell Shire and beyond will take advantage of the AFL Grand Final Eve public holiday by visiting the racecourse to experience world-class harness racing, the market and pony trots in what promises to be a great family day out with something that everyone can enjoy.

Entry to the racecourse and all events are free. 

The Group 2 $80,000 JetRoofing Kilmore Pacing Cup is expected to attract a quality field of nominations including Copy That, Willie Go West, Max Delight, Honolua Bay, Supreme Dominator, Tango Tara and Torrid Saint.

The cup has a long and rich history with the first running of the cup in 1964. Back-to-back winners include Bob Knight with Popular Alm in 1981 and 1982, and Scott Stewart with Bitobliss in 2011 and 2012. In 2018 the 2690-metre cup race record was set at 1:56 by Soho Tribeca.

For more information, people can call 5783 0700 or email

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