Charlton Harness Racing Club will throw in a $1000 ($500 to each punters’ club) to get the Punters Party started on Saturday night at Tabcorp Park Melton.

Book your spot in the Legends Room for the Punters Party – must book by tomorrow morning by phoning Andrea on 0499 701 322

The club will back both the GoodForm team of Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden as well as the Carroll Brothers team of Brett and Darren, meaning automatically punters who purchase a $20 ticket in either Punters Club have a head-start on their return.

People attending the Punters Party at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night (March 16) for the Charlton Cup program have even more reason to attend courtesy of Mildura Harness Racing Club.

Mildura has agreed to give away two tickets to The Sand Pit enclosure at the annual Mildura Cup Carnival in April (valued at $180).

Guests in The Sand Pit receive finger food throughout the night, $10 punters’ club voucher, two-for-one TAB voucher (spend $10 receive $20 voucher), TAB and bar facilities, entry to the night, racebook, beer/wine/champagne and soft drinks included and pre-mix spirits and ciders at $4 a pop.

Also joining the party is the Victorian Bookmakers Association, which is giving away $200 worth of $50 vouchers on the night with Tom Hogan, who will be fielding in the room.

The full list of giveaways up for grabs on the night is at the bottom of this article. Check it out!

Charlton Harness Racing Club and Harness Racing Victoria are joining forces to deliver the first ever Punters Party at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night, March 16.

Charlton will host its Cup night at Tabcorp Park Melton while development continues on the club’s new multi-million dollar multipurpose facility, and in addition to great racing the club and HRV are promising a night to remember for punters in the Legends Room (previously known as the Toolern Room).

The Punters’ Club Challenge will be centre stage as the Carroll Brothers, Brett and Darren, represent Charlton, while the HRV GoodForm duo of Jason Bonnington and Blake Redden represent “the rest”.

“We wanted to take the opportunity to create a fun and engaging way for people to learn about the best way to have a flutter on the trots and also see how our form experts use their expertise to tackle the punt,” club Marketing Manager Andrea O’Gorman said.

“The punters can come and try their luck by buying a ticket in the popular punters’ club, either one or both, and we’ll have rolling progress reports on the Punters Club Challenge throughout screens at the venue and in the room, with MCs Cody Winnell and Toby McKinnon interviewing the punters’ club members and keeping the room updated with how their investments are tracking.”

Leading bookie "Tara Tom Hogan" will be one of two bookmakers attending on the night and he'll be fielding in the room at the function for punters to 'Take on Tom'.

For just $95 patrons will receive entry to the Legends Room Punters Party, a food and a drinks package from the first race to the last, a stack of entertainment and the chance to win a stack of great giveaways.

There will be giveaways galore in the form of “second chance TAB ticket draws”, where losing TAB tickets can be entered into a barrel with draws taking place between races.

Already other prizes include several $100 TAB bets and an In-Harness Experience for two ($770 value) courtesy of HRV, a four-person Redwood Rattler package ($380 value) including entry to the annual Seelite Windows and Doors Redwood Classic Day courtesy of Maryborough Harness Racing Club, a table for six in the Terrace Dining Room ($210 value) at Ballarat trots courtesy of Ballarat and District Trotting Club, a $500 Members Draw betting voucher on the night courtesy of Charlton Harness Racing Club to celebrate its 500th member signed, a Helloworld Bendigo Accommodation Package valued at $1100 courtesy of Charlton and its sponsor, two tickets to The Sand Pit on Mildura Cup Night courtesy of Mildura Harness Racing Club, and $200 worth of betting vouchers with Tom Hogan courtesy of the Victorian Bookmakers' Association.

There will be more exciting giveaway announcements as we get closer to the night.

“We’re looking forward to putting on a great show, having a lot of fun, getting the room engaged in the punting side of our sport and hopefully making some cabbage,” GoodForm analyst Jason Bonnington said.

“The Carroll brothers do a fantastic job volunteering their services right across Victoria to run punters’ clubs and they’re very knowledgeable.

“There will be some great banter between us and them and patrons will enjoy hearing different angles to approaching form study.”

But the punting side of things is just part of the fun, with an in-room DJ busting out tunes between races, a fully stocked bar and loads of opportunity for patrons to socialise as the night steps away from a traditional “sit-down meal” function and replaces it with a more casual, cocktail style affair.

Punters Club tickets are $20 each on the night and you can choose to side with Team Charlton or The Rest. Or you can of course put your faith in both!

Places are limited, so get in quick to avoid missing out by contacting Andrea O’Gorman on 0499 701 322.

Seats are available on a shuttle bus from Crown Casino on the night at just $20 for a return ticket to and from Melton, making it easy for punters to attend. Ask Andrea for details. 

Bookings MUST close 9am Thursday March 14. Don't miss out! 


Giveaways at the Punters Party (SO FAR) include:

  • 10 X $100 TAB betting vouchers (courtesy of HRV) Value $1000
  • In-Harness Experience for two at Tabcorp Park Melton (courtesy of HRV)  Value $770
  • Four-person Redwood Rattler Package (courtesy of Maryborough HRC)  Value $380
  • Dinner for 6 in Terrace Dining Room at Ballarat Trots (courtesy of Ballarat Trots) Value $210
  • Helloworld Bendigo package (courtesy of Helloworld Bendigo & Charlton HRC) Value $1100
  • Members-only $500 betting voucher (courtesy of Charlton HRC)  Value $500
  • Two tickets to The Sand Pit on Mildura Cup Night (courtesy of Mildura HRV) Value $180
  • Four $50 betting vouchers with Tom Hogan courtesy of VBA (value $200) 


Legends Room booking options for Punters Party

$95 per person

  • Drinks package from first race to the last race, finger food and grazing table throughout night


$50 per person  (non Charlton HRC members)

  • One drink on arrival, finger food and grazing table throughout night


$45 per person (Charlton HRC members only)

  • One drink on arrival, finger food and grazing table throughout night


Book by phoning Andrea O'Gorman: 0499 701 322.