New box for Grafton racing

GRAFTON racing fans are soon get the ‘best seats in the house’ with the opening of new corporate boxs in July.

While preparations are still in place for the area, the Clarence River Jockey Club (CRJC) is already taking inquiries by interested businesses.

The two boxes will each house up to eight people at every one of the 25 race meetings throughout the year, starting with Ramornie Day in July.

CRJC boss Bradley de Martino Rosaroll said the sectioned off box will continue the club’s introduction of a new premium option for punters.

The area will include a flat screen television, table service, a TAB operator and finger food.

A marquee was used at last year’s Grafton Cup Carnival – but this year’s addition will be sure to prove even more popular.

“They are like a premium seating and something that we haven’t had before but we are looking forward to,” de Martino Rosaroll said.

“We just wanted to offer a more premium race day experience.”

Building has only just begun on the new boxes, but excitement is already mounting among Grafton’s horse racing-mad public.

“We have already seen a little bit of interest,” de Martino Rosaroll said.

“I think we will find that these seats will be quite popular.”

Businesses or individuals can hire the area, with the top package priced at $950.

An all-year option is also available.

“We don’t envisage it would cost too much,” de Martino Rosaroll said.

“We are claiming them to be the best seats in the house.”

Meanwhile, the Examiner has learned Elders Real Estate has won the naming rights for this year’s Grafton Cup.

The business was pitted against other interested parties in the Kensei Club competition, with Elders having their name successfully plucked from out of a hat for the honour. The prestige of gaining naming rights has been one of Grafton’s biggest scalps in recent years.

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