Horse Racing in Australia & New Zealand

March 8, 2010 · Posted in Horse Racing 

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Horse Racing
in Australia and New Zealand

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A Rich Horse Racing Tradition

Horse racing in Australia has deep roots in tradition. Horse racing had become well established in Sydney and the surrounding area by 1810. The Australian Jockey Club (AJC) held its meetings at Homebush from 1842 to 1859, before moving to Randwick in 1860.

In Victoria the first official races were held in March 1838 on a specially marked out course at Batman’s Hill in Melbourne.

Australian jockeys are some of the best in the world and were among the first in the world to experiment with the crouched riding style. In the 1850s amateur “ladies only” events were held in Victoria, Australia but women were not permitted to ride as professional jockeys or on professional tracks.

Horse Racing in Australia is governed by the Australian Racing Board. This body supersedes the power of the principal clubs, which were once the sovereign body of racing in every state until government reforms introduced separate governing bodies for the industry.

Victoria is considered to be the home of racing in Australia, with international races like the Melbourne Cup. The governing body is Racing Victoria Limited. The primary club is the Victoria Racing Club, which races at Flemington. Two other metropolitan clubs are the Melbourne Racing Club, which races at Caulfield and Sandown, and the Moonee Valley Racing Club, home of the Weight for Age championship of Australasia, the Cox Plate.

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