The Group Victoria Cup is set to bring in AU$9.1m (US$6m) in turnover, though Melton Bendigo is moving to Melbourne due to a curfew race from Melton.
Victorian medallion racing’s previous record was AU$1.15m in 2018 Inter Dominion Grand Final Night (ID18) at Melton. The new number is a 15% increase from the previous record, and the sport has a state record of total turnover.
The Victory Cup night alone climbed 55% from last year, while turnover over two nights will reach AU$15.9m, an increase of 61%.
“It’s a huge accomplishment. ID18 only stayed with us for a long time, but it broke it down,” HRV CEO Dayle Brown said.
The big news is that the Carnival Victory Cup extends throughout the entire two nights. Smoken’s sprint night, or night one, landed nearly $6.8m international. Up 70 per cent last year.
“The figures are rather amazing when you consider Bendigo, not Melton,” added Brown. “Historically, Melton has always been an excellent first party because our journey is bigger, but we have a lot to do with educating people about the great qualities that we have at the regional center.