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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

153 years of the Moruya Jockey Club delivers a $150,000 Regional Qualifier

Racing in Moruya commenced around 1870. Moving ahead 153 years to 2023 the Moruya Jockey Club is excited to host the Country Championships Regional Qualifier on 5th March. The race itself has $150,000 worth of prizemoney The Moruya Jockey Club had its 1st race meeting on 26th / 27th January 1887. In 1890’s a new period of development of the Park as a racecourse commenced. This was carried out under the auspices of the Moruya Jockey Club. Abraham F. Emmott writes of testing the speed of his horse by racing those on the track, along the outside of the course which ran to the west of Murray St c1890. In 1985 the horse races that had been a regular feature on the racetrack came to an end and the Moruya Jockey Club moved out to its new home.

During the development of the racecourse a grandstand of sort was built. In 1904 many Moruya residents felt that it was inadequate and a large petition was presented to town Council for a new structure. The Mayor Alan Taylor convened a public meeting at which voted for a construction of a new grandstand. No grant was forthcoming from the governments. The cost was mainly borne by the Moruya Jockey Club and the Park Trustees, each contributing £30. The balance, nearly another £30 was raised by donations from the public. It was opened by the Mayor on 7th February 1905.

Moruya has a long history of racing which can be traced back to 1870 when meetings were held at the 'old' track in the centre of the township

source The Moruya Jockey Club is set to host the Country Championships Regional Qualifier on 5th March. The race itself has $150,000 worth of prizemoney allocated with the top two horses set to qualify for The Newhaven Park Country Championship Final to be held at Royal Randwick on Saturday 1st April, competing for their share of the $500,000 in prizemoney. Newhaven Park Country Championships Regional Qualifier

Sunday 5th March

Gates open from 11.30am

First Race 12.55pm; Last Race 5.25pm


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