Minister Corey Wingard meets with Kangaroo Island Racing Club

Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing, Minister Corey Wingard met with Kangaroo Island Racing Club and visited the racecourse when he visited KI on Tuesday, July 16.

The visit coincided with the announcement that the 2020 Kangaroo Island Cup will receive additional funds through the Regional Events & Festivals Program.

The club's executive committee took the minister on a tour of the local racecourse and its facilities.

"Minister Wingard was appraised of the positive things that the committee had implemented over the last few years including The Jockeys and Trainer challenge, free transport for mainland horses, trainers and jockeys, improvements to the grass track, updated jockeys rooms and improvements to all electrical systems throughout the course," president Mark Turner said.

The Minister indicated that the club was heading in the right direction and that the club was spending money on things that would attract better fields and improved patronage.

The club has submitted a development application with TRSA for assisted funding to replace the outside track fencing, horse race fencing and 4 bay placing stall as part of the governments funding for the racing industry.

The minister seemed impressed with the facilities.

"The KI Racing Club might have one of the most spectacular tracks in South Australia and they were pretty pleased to hear about the Marshall Government's $24 million investment in racing," Mr Wingard posted on social media.

"The funding means they can work with TRSA to improve their facilities and grow the industry so that even more people can enjoy the races on Kangaroo Island."

The Annual General Meeting of Kangaroo Island Racing Club will be held on Friday, August 2 at 7.30pm at the Aurora Ozone Hotel, all are welcome.

The 2020 race dates for KI have also now been confirmed with the Australia Day "Racing at the Cygnet" races on Saturday, January 25, and then the SeaLink Kangaroo Island Racing Carnival running from Thursday, February 20 to Saturday, February 22.