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Ararat Turf Club

The Ararat Turf Club is only 2 hours from Melbourne!!!!! Located in the heart of the Grampians Region. Ararat is full of Rich Chinese History, the home of the Canton Lead Gold Rush era. Racing in Ararat has long been a tradition and it is rumored that the Ararat Racecourse is amongst one of the oldest in the state and held it's first race meeting in 1857. The main meeting being the Ararat Gold Cup, the Sunday after Melbourne Cup each year in November and the Willaura Cup, end of April. So if you are into great food and wine, country fun and thoroughbred racing, come and join us at the Ararat Racecourse for a great day out!

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P. 0448 983 248

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Sep 18 Fri

September Racing

Fri 18 Sep 2015 GATESOPEN 11:00 AM
  • General Admission

    $8

    Each

  • Packages from

    $16

    Per Person

Midweek Spring Racing!

Ararat Gold Cup and Programmed China Bowl 2015

Sun 08 Nov 2015 GATESOPEN 11:00 AM
  • General Admission

    $15

    Each

  • Packages from

    $18

    Per Person

Great food, fantastic local wines, Local Band "Plastered", "Fashions on the Field", thoroughbred racing at its finest and good old fashion Country fun!

Jan 15 Fri

Friday Racing January

Fri 15 Jan 2016 GATESOPEN 11:00 AM
  • General Admission

    $8

    Each

  • Packages from

    $16

    Per Person

Midweek Race Meeting. For Raceday Packages contact the club via email: ararat@countryracing.com.au

Feb 15 Mon

Monday Racing February

Mon 15 Feb 2016 GATESOPEN 11:00 AM
  • General Admission

    $8

    Each

  • Packages from

    $16

    Per Person

Midweek Race Meeting.  Relax on the lawns of the Ararat Racecourse, let the kids play and enjoy a glass or two while watching a few Races!!!  

Mar 11 Fri

Friday Racing March

Fri 11 Mar 2016 GATESOPEN 11:00 AM
  • General Admission

    $8

    Each

  • Packages from

    $16

    Per Person

Midweek Race Meeting. For Raceday Packages contact the club via email: ararat@countryracing.com.au

T M Murray Slattery Willaura Cup

Sun 24 Apr 2016 GATESOPEN 11:00 AM
  • General Admission

    $10

    Each

  • Packages from

    $16

    Per Person

'GRAND OPENING' of the New Function Venue. Help celebrate an Historical Day at the Races!! 

May 19 Thu

May Racing - Ararat

Thu 19 May 2016 GATESOPEN 11:00 AM
  • General Admission

    $8

    Each

  • Packages from

    $16

    Per Person

Midweek Race Meeting. For Raceday Packages contact the club via email: ararat@countryracing.com.au

NEED MORE INFORMATION? CALL COUNTRY RACING CUSTOMER SERVICE ON 1300 139 402

The Ararat Turf Club is only 2 hours from Melbourne. Located in the heart of the Grampians Region.

 

History

Ararat is full of Rich Chinese History, the home of the Canton Lead Gold Rush era.

Racing in Ararat has long been a tradition and it is rumoured that the Ararat Racecourse is amongst one of the oldest in the state and held it's first race meeting in 1857. Many trainers and jockeys have had winners at the Ararat Turf Club. Our current records for PREVIOUS “ARARAT GOLD CUP” WINNERS dating back to 1982:-

Year               Horse                                          Trainer                                     Jockey

1982              Miron Choice                               E. O'Sullivan                            S. Maskell

1983              Valiant Club                                 C. Nicholls                               M. Gauci

1984              Rankarlinar                                  W. Rantall                                D. Short

1985              Brown Ripa                                  R. Maund                                 L. Maund

1986              Gavel                                             G. Daffy                                    N. Wilson

1987              Treaty                                            C. Wort                                     W. Hokai

1988              Woak Wine                                   R. Gravett                                S. Ridler

1989              Mr Classic                                     C. Cerchi                                 R. Barone

1990              Hills of Carome                            K. Bourke                                M. Bourke

1991              Explorer                                         J. Meagher                             M. Flaherty

1992              Akbaraly                                        B. Purcell                                G. Childs

1993              Century Magic                              R. Smerdon                            C. Tuppen

1994              Mangos Lunch                             J. Castleman                          R. Jolly

1995              Colonial Spirit                              R. Keirl                                     J. Didham

1996              Bold Command                           G. Thornton                             C. Robertson

1997              Carinya Pirate                              S. Balle                                    P. Hutchinson

1998              Mick the Russian                         B. Walsh                                  P. Hutchinson

1999              Another Chance                          R. Keirl                                     S. Ridler

2000              Robyn's Furniture                        D. Weir                                     B. Rawiller

2001              Imax                                               M. Moroney                              L. Robertson

2002              Minogue                                        T. O'Sullivan                             B. Cross

2003              Our Guided Missile                      D.Saxon                                   L. Nolen

2004              Mr Tambourineman                     J. Leek                                      M. Flaherty

2005              Mc Lir                                              M. Anderson                            M. Zahra

2006              Mad Dugal                                     J. Rogers                                  C. Puls

2007              Who’s Ya Daddy                          J. McArdle                                 S. Murphy (a)

2008              Sylvan O’Reilly                             B. James                                   S. Vella

2009              Last Drop                                       T & K O’Sullivan                      C. Lindop

2010              Windarra Place                             T & K O’Sullivan                      D. Tourneur

2011              Diamondsondinside                     L. Oliver                                    B. Rawiller

2012              Clang & Bang                                 D. Weir                                     H. Coffey

2013              Flashy Fella                                    M. Moroney                              D. Lane

2014              Mujadale                                         P. Jones                                    K.N. Forrester

 

Ararat is host to seven race meetings in the 2015-2016 Season. The racing jumps into action on Friday 18th September with a stand alone Friday Race on AFL preliminary final weekend - If you're looking to kick start your sporting weekend head to Ararat Racecourse for an exciting afternoon of racing.

 

Cup Meetings - Ararat Gold Cup (Nov) & Willaura Cup (April)

Billed as the 'Richest Raceday in the Wimmera Racing Calendar' the "Ararat Gold Cup", held 2nd Sunday in the month of November is a cracking day and one definitely not to miss. The day promises a massive day of racing including the running of the Ararat Gold Cup, the Programmed China Bowl and the AME Systems Country showcase race - totaling over $200K in prize money.

 

As well as all the horse racing action there is plenty to do and experience at the Ararat Cup. The Fashions on the Field is incredibly popular in Ararat with various categories covering Little Miss & Mister, Miss Teen, Gent of the Day & the hugely anticipated Lady of the Day. There are fabulous prizes to be won all of which are kindly sponsored by various local businesses. There is always great live music at the Cup, free kids activities, beautiful food and wine options and a great atmosphere. Marquees packages are very popular at the Cup and sell quick so be sure to get in early.

 

Ararat holds an additional six race meetings throughout the year, most of which are Mid-week Race meetings with the exception of our relatively new Sunday Race meeting called "The Willaura Cup". The next Willaura Cup will be held Sunday the 24th April, 2016.  We always have full catering, tote and bar facilities available on-course.

 

Race Day and Function Venue 

Our new Function Venue will play host for our generous Sponsors and Racegoers for our upcoming events - Willaura Cup 2016 and the Ararat Gold Cup, 2015. 

We look forward to seeing you at the Ararat Races in the 2015/2016 Season. It's a Great Day Out!

 

Venue Available for Weddings, Functions & Meetings (max 100 persons).  

Large, modern and bright, with fabulous views, the Ararat Turf Club function room is the Grampians Pyrenees’ hottest new venue for weddings. With contemporary décor, polished concrete floors, bar and plenty of space to fit up to 100 guests, the space looks out onto the pristine race track, rose gardens and the Ararat hills.

 

Five minutes’ from town, the venue is private, so you can have your ceremony, photos and cocktail or sit-down reception all in one spot. Dance the night away with a DJ, band or your favorite tunes hooked up to the quality PA system.

 

The club’s function coordinator is on hand to help plan the decorations, room set-up, entertainment, catering and beverages. They can supply staff for serving, set-up and cleaning if required and at least two club representatives will attend on-the-day to ensure everything runs smoothly.

 

The venue has disabled access, plenty of car parking and buses can be arranged to transport guests to and from Ararat.

 

Couples are encouraged to make a time to look around the venue and bookings are encouraged at least two months in advance.

 

Contact Pepita Atchison to arrange a time or for a Wedding/Function Package on m: 0448 983 248 or e: ararat@countryracing.com.au.

For pictures of the Function Venue please check out our Instagram Pictures on this website or visit our Facebook page \Ararat Turf Club.

 

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Committee & Life Members

Chairman: Adrian Crawford, WRC Director: Leo Harrington, Club & Racecourse Manager: Adam Atchison

Committee: C. Martin, K. Meek, P. Mottram, B. Dalgliesh, J. Moriarty, T. Heymans, T. Bibby, L. Harrington, B. Mcdougall, M. Dyer, P. Canty, D. Ferrari & D. Brady.

Life Members: B. Dunn, J. Harris, A. Martin, G. Millear, H. Quick, A. Burke & K. Meek.

 

Racebook Advertising

We encourage all businesses, race day package holders to purchase a Racebook Ad in celebration of a special occasion or general advertising. 

Full Page B&W - $150, Half Page B&W $75 - for Midweek Race Meetings

Full Page B&W - $200, Half Page B&W $100 - for the NMIT Ararat Gold Cup or the Willaura Cup

Contact the Ararat Turf Club on 0448 983 248 or email: ararat@countryracing.com.au to make arrangements.

 

Terms & Conditions

A person who on the racecourse:

● Behaves in a provocative, disorderly, insulting, offensive or objectionable or unsafe manner;

● Engages or participates in any conduct, protest or demonstration that may disturb or offend others or which may disrupt or hinder proceedings;

● Enters the course proper or parade rings for the movement of horses without authorization; or

● Fails to immediately follow the direction of any official or Steward,

● Must obey Wet and Dry Areas for Alcohol Consumption; will be liable to immediate removal from the racecourse at the direction of the Club or Stewards.

A person may only take images of activities at the racecourse for personal use only and must not make available any images for commercial exploitation, sale or distribution by any person unless accredited by RVL.

Where the Club or the Stewards reasonably suspect that images are being taken for non-personal use, the person taking the images will be liable to immediate removal from the racecourse at the direction of the Club or Stewards.

Ararat Turf Club is located in the heart of the Grampians, 2 hrs drive west from Melbourne along the Western Hwy.

Travel

  • By Car - Continue west past Ballarat on the Western Hwy for 95km. Turn next left after Caltex Roadhouse 2km before Ararat. Opposite Green Hill Lake Campground.
  • By Rail - from Southern Cross, Melbourne. Catch the Overlander to Adelaide and disembark at Ararat. Full details contact VLine on 1800 800 007.

Tourist Attractions & Accommodation

Plenty of Tourist Attractions to visit while you are visiting the Grampians Region such as:
  1. Award Winning Local Wineries (Seppelt, Best's, Montara, Mount Langi Ghiran, The Gap Vineyard, Grampians Estate and many more), all featuring award winning Shiraz and Riesling varieties,
  2. Gum San Chinese Heritage Centre - gumsan@ararat.vic.gov.au
  3. J Ward Gaol, 
  4. Halls Gap Zoo, 
  5. Monthly Farmers Markets throughout the Local Regional Towns,
  6. Grampians Scenic Walks and much much more! 

 

For further information on the picturesque historic region or to enquire/book accommodation please contact the Ararat Tourist Information Office on 1800 657 158. (between 9am - 5pm) or email tourinfo@ararat.vic.gov.au

Wimmera Racing Club/ Ararat Turf Club

Wimmera Racing Club/Ararat Turf Club would be delighted to receive your application.

FULL Membership ($70) includes:
 
  • Member's pass to 33 Wimmera Race Meetings in season 2015/2016
  • Copy of members' newsletter
  • Access to members' facilities (where available)
  • Full voting rights
  • Opportunity to purchase additional season guest pass (full member pass plus guest pass $120, fully transferable)
  • Discounts on various marquee and dining packages
  • Non-raceday benefits such as special offers on accommodation
  • 4 complimentary guest passes for non-feature days
  • Members’ tickets at midweek thoroughbred meetings (excluding public holidays) in the metropolitan area
  • Businesses can purchase a Corporate Membership, this membership includes the aboe as well as 4 member guest passes.
 
All new membership applications MUST be nominated and seconded by 2 current Wimmera Racing Club Members.
 
Wimmera Racing Club Full Membership $70
Wimmera Racing Club Full Membership with Guest Pass $120
Wimmera Racing Club Corporated Membership $210

 

Visit the Secretaries Office on a day of a Race Meeting or call Penny Penfold on 03 5358 5288 to order your membership.
 
 

Ararat Turf Club

Phone: 0448 983 248

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