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New Racing Event Planned For Western Sydney
George Souris, New South Wales Minister for Tourism, Major Events and Racing, has announced that the historic Fernhill Estate at Mulgoa in Western Sydney is the proposed site of a new picnic race day. The owners of the famous property, which boasts a rich history that dates back to early colonial Australia, have been granted a racing license subject to approval by the Heritage Council and Penrith City Council. "The picturesque Fernhill Estate, at Mulgoa, are planning to host an annual picnic racing event, with a feature race, the $25,000 Fernhill Cup, expected to attract at least 15,000 people," Mr Souris said. "Racing NSW, Hawkesbury Race Club and the owners of these magnificent grounds have worked in collaboration to produce the proposed new race day." The card of picnic races is planned for Saturday November 9 and has been scheduled to coincide with the Emirates Stakes Day meeting at Flemington and a standard Saturday meeting at Royal Randwick. Fernhill has close ties to the Australian racing industry having produced Melbourne Cup winners Chester (1877) & Grand Flaneur (1880).