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Set amongst large shading trees and a sea of shade sails the Broome Turf Club offers a range of facilities to accommodate all race goers.
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WELCOME TO THE UNIQUELY BEAUTIFUL BROOME TURF CLUB.
Thoroughbred horse racing in Broome has evolved out of the dust and the Broome Turf Club has arguably become one of the most progressive race clubs in Australia, whilst still retaining a well loved country picnic atmosphere.
The Broome Turf Club is carved out of bush land at picturesque Gantheaume Point, just a stones throw from world famous Cable Beach. This idyllic location perched on the Broome peninsula is surrounded by the Indian Ocean and benefits from the constant cool breezes which are a welcome relief in the hot and humid climate of the Kimberley.
Today the Broome Turf Club has transformed from its rustic ‘pindan’ roots into a relaxing, shady oasis. A day at the Broome races is an experience unlike most others, and one that many international tourists seek to repeat. A highlight of the tourism calendar in Broome, it is a place where members of the multi-cultural community mingle with visitors from far and wide.
The main attraction is competitive racing on the firm dirt track, which is well complimented by the highly social and community aspects of race days. A joyful and colourful scene, the clubs hospitality is enhanced by local and imported entertainment throughout the day and evening.
Set amongst the balmy tropical climate the post race party extends well into the evening with patrons reluctant to go home. A good time is had by all who try their hand at tossing the coins in the uniquely Australian game of two-up, or for those who choose to dance the night away to the sound of great live entertainment.
The nine week race season culminates in the highly anticipated Broome Cup Carnival. Incorporating a vibrant Ladies Day on Tuesday August 12th and Saturday 16th 2014- always a sensational Broome Cup Day - leaves punters yearning for the next years season. Everyone who has ever had the pleasure of experiencing the Broome races always returns, for this is truly ‘the winter racing alternative’.
The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club annual Race Round has become an institution in the Goldfields and every year thousands head trackside for one of WA’s biggest and best parties.
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The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club promotes its annual Race Round as “the Greatest Show on Turf” and in the year just gone it certainly lived up to its title, with pumped-up punters partying well into the early hours of the following morning.
The first race meeting in the Goldfields took place in 1896. Today, more than 100 years later, the races continue to be a focal point on the entertainment calendar, with about 15,000 people converging on “Kal” for the 2006 festival’s main event, the Kalgoorlie Cup. Record numbers also passed through the totes with bookies taking a record turnover of $2.894 million, which surpassed the previous best takings – $2.844 million in 1998.
The two main races of the round are the Hannans Handicap and the Kalgoorlie Cup, both having made a name for many a winning horse. The 1400m Hannans Handicap, held on the festival Wednesday, also gives ladies the chance to put their most stylish foot forward with The Echo Fashions on the Field competition. This fabulous parade is judged on ele-gance, style and the latest fashion trends, while a separate category, Classic Race Wear, is judged on the originality and design of each outfit. Another highlight of the day, and indeed the round, in 2006 was the 15th annual World Two-Up Championship. Two-Up has a rich history in Kalgoorlie, perhaps more so than anywhere else in the country, so it’s fitting that the world championships are held in town during the festival. The final is held in the bookmakers’ ring immediately after the handicap race. With $10,000 prize money up for grabs you can be guaranteed the crowd is both loud and extremely passionate. The 2006 festival saw the return of Ora Banda Day, which was marked with the re-opening of the Ora Banda Hotel, which boasts a rich, and at times turbulent, history. The Ora Banda Bush Picnic kicked off at about 11am and featured food stalls, entertainment, live local radio, two-up, helicopter rides and, most importantly, a great party atmosphere.
For the budding athlete, the day also includes the extremely laid-back Ora Banda Open – a new event in 2006 that sees competitors race on foot around the dusty 1.6km Ora Banda racetrack. But one word of warning: No matter how good the idea may seem at the time, it is definitely inadvisable after a morning spent drinking at the hotel!
The pinnacle of the round, and festival finale, is the Kalgoorlie Cup, traditionally held on the final Saturday of the week. The race is run over 2300m and in 2006 was worth $125,000 to the winner.
The day dawned with clear, sunny conditions – perfect for racing and
partying, with the festival atmosphere in full swing by the time the showcase was set to begin. The 2006 Cup was won by favourite Black Tom, giving legendary Goldfields trainer Frank Maynard his sixth overall win at the event. Black Tom also won the 2006 Perth Cup.
The Kalgoorlie-Boulder Racing Club has already announced that the 2007 event will be worth $140,000, ensuring the prestige now associated with the big race will continue to grow.
The 2007 festival will run from September 9 to 15. Accommodation is always scarce during the festival, so to ensure you catch as much of this fun-filled week as possible call the Kal-goorlie-Boulder Visitor Centre on (08) 9021 1966 or visit kalgoorlietourism.com for more information.
The Mount Barker Turf Club, in the Shire of Plantagenet, originated in the early 1890's. Mount Barker is a mixed sheep, cattle and grain farming area, as well as having the largest thoroughbred stud in the State. It is also well known for its many vineyards and premium wines. In recent times this has led to the Club's and the Great Southern's highlight of the season, the Mount Barker Grapes and Gallops featuring the $90,000 Mungrup Stud Sprint.
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The Mount Barker Turf Club (the Club) has been active since pre-1945, providing a thoroughbred racing venue for Great Southern trainers, spectators and industry participants.
The Club has been involved with numerous industry projects and research over the past five years to identify opportunities to develop long term viability, sustainability and to prosper.
This research coupled with a desire to move forward has resulted in a five year action plan which will see the Club provide new facilities such as an on-course training track, an extension and realignment of the racing track to incorporate a 1,600m chute and on-course stabling. New marketing strategies will also be identified and implemented to improve the Club’s ability to compete in the entertainment market.
The close working relationship with the Shire of Plantagenet, industry leaders and support businesses has given the Club confidence that the plans for the next five years are realistic, achievable and will deliver the desired outcomes.
The Northam Race Club was established in 1863 and its home, the Northam Racecourse, is one of WA's premier winter racecourses.
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Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Avon Valley, Northam is just an hour's drive from Perth along the Great Eastern Highway.
The racecourse itself is situated on the edge of the Mortlock River on the eastern border of the town. View map
The Northam Racecourse hosts on average 25 race meetings per year through the months May to October.
2012 the Northam Race Club will host 23 race meetings, starting on Sunday 29th April with the Northam Toyota Stakes Day with the final race day on Thursday 22nd November.
Economic & Social Impact Study, Regional Snapshot: Wheatbelt
The Western Australian Racing Industry has released a study on the economic and social impact racing has on the Wheatbelt.
With 3,554 people participating in the racing industry as either an employee, volunteer or racing participant (breeder, trainer etc.), it is estimated that 1 in every 16 adults in the Wheatbelt has an involvement in the racing industry. This makes the Wheatbelt the most actively involved in racing, on a per capita basis in the State.
The Wheatbelt is responsible for the largest proportion of investmentin racing animals with more than 2,200 owners living in the region.
The Western Australian Turf Club (now Perth Racing) has had a proud history of hosting thoroughbred racing in the state for over 150 years
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The Western Australian Turf Club (now operating as Perth Racing) has had a proud history of hosting thoroughbred racing in the state for over 150 years, and runs the two magnificent riverside racecourses of Ascot and Belmont Park, both situated minutes from the city of Perth.
Perth Racing is responsible for the renowned Ascot Summer Racing Carnival and the $1,000,000 Group 1 Carlton Draught Railway Stakes, the $500,000 Group 1 Burswood Winterbottom Stakes, the Group 1 $500,000 Kingston Town Classic, and the $400,000 Group II BMW-Perth Cup.
Perth Racing’s quality race meetings are also known as a breeding ground for champions.
Northerly, Rogan Josh, Placid Ark, Miss Andretti, Scenic Blast and Hay List are just some of the Champions to have hailed from Ascot racecourse.
Perth Racing Manages two Perth Metropolitan Race Course: Ascot and Belmont Park.