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Buchan & Gelantipy Race Club

Buchan(03) 5155 2639

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Buchan & Gelantipy Race Club

Welcome to the Buchan Picnic Club


Nestled in relaxing country environments, Buchan picnic racing is the grassroots of Victorian thoroughbred racing.

Essentially non-professional and volunteer community based, Buchan picnic races make an important direct and indirect financial and social benefit to the regional local community. Attending a day at the Buchan Picnic Races has become a tradition for so many groups, from families and old school mates to community clubs and businesses.


The Buchan Cup occurs yearly in the warm month of February, so swap your fascinator for a sun hat and your suit and tie for an open neck shirt and shorts. Whatever you feel relaxed in; chilling out has never been so exciting!


Soak up the sun on the lush lawns, or throw out a rug under the shade of an old gum tree. Bring your own picnic or pre-purchase one from the club. Kids will be kept entertained with plenty of free on-course entertainment, whilst live music, DJ’s, marquees and fashions on the field will be in full swing.


Enjoy exceptional racing, make use of the relaxed picnic setting on the lawns and take advantage of the entertainment and local produce on offer.


We're pretty confident that the Buchan Picnic Cup will be a Country Raceday you'll want to return to yearly. Come and experience a real country race, because Buchan has it all! 


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HISTORY

The first Canni Creek Picnic Race meeting was held on Boxing Day in 1887 but the meetings were held on a  regular basis at the turn of the Century.


Most meetings were staged at the unique Canni Creek Track but they were also held at Sunny Point Farm, Quails Property, Buchan Station, Cloggs, the Gelantipy Station and Nigel Hunter's property.


Now at the turn of the century, the Canni Creek track has a modern look with new running rails and horse stalls bought with a grant from Racing Victoria which recognizes the Canni Creek meeting as important to preserve.


At Canni Creek, the on-course facilities are unique in appearance having being carved out of bush timber over the history of the meetings and are now adequate to cater for extremely large crowds. During early settlement of the Buchan and Gelantipy areas between 1860-1870 the Ricketson family, who held the Gelantipy station from 1878, were keenly interested in horses. Another name remembered by district residents is that of Mr K. Cavanagh, one time manager of Buchan Station. It is on record that the Gelantipy bred horses took part in ring events in the first Bairnsdale Show in 1974.


In the early days of colonial settlement, a demand for horses suitable for use as remounts in the Indian Army developed horse breeding as one the most profitable undertakings on the larger selections in the Buchan-Gelantipy areas.


Country of the type found in Buchan Valley was recognized by stud masters as "Ideal for horse breeding".


It was not long after settling in the area that many of the larger station properties had their own race courses and training tracks carved out of the bush, where owners and stock riders competed in flat ram and over fences.


Names of the men "who could do anything with a horse" are legendary in Buchan and Gelantipy. There were the Hunter brothers who maintained a steeplechase course, with particularly difficult obstacles. All four brothers were absolutely fearless and their skillful horsemanship, as well as the horses they bred and rode, are still spoken of with respect.


It was hardly surprising that a racing club was formed early in the district's history. James Dixon settled on the Murrindal River area in 1868 and built a homestead known as Murrindale Park. He was as good a judge of horses as any man and there were always good horses in the Glen and Murrindale Park. Among the horses he bred, district residents remember "Gelanllen" and "Daylight". The latter carried the district's hopes on at least one occasion as an entrant in the Melbourne Cup.


The tradition was carried on when Cad Price became the owner of Murrindale Park. He owned a horse named "Brave Flash", a performer on several East Gippsland courses. Another well known horse was "Toby", belonging to Mr. Lindsay Price.


Mr Price Snr. was Secretary of the Buchan and Gelantipy Racing Club for many years. After his retirement he was succeeded by his son, Mr Terry Price, who still shows much interest in the races.


The Canni Creek Races over the last two decades, has gone from a local sporting event to one of the most popular fixtures in the Picnic Racing Victoria racing calendar and attracts support from racing enthusiasts from a wide area of East Gippsland

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Buchan
(03) 5155 2639

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Getting there

Bus from Buchan to Canni Creek and return, and from Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance, to Canni Creek and return
(if sufficient numbers) contact Club Secretary Ian Dunkley on (03) 5155 2639 or 0408 516 899 email vian@dodo.com.au


BUS FROM BAIRNSDALE

 
 
DEPATURE TIME
PICK UP POINT
9.30am
BAIRNSDALE RAILWAY STATION
9.50am
SWAN REACH SHOP
10.10am
LAKES ENTRANCE - EASTERN BEACH SERVICE STATION
10.30pm
NOWA NOWA GENERAL STORE
11.00am
CANNI CREEK
11.15am
LOG CABINS BUCHAN
11.20am
BUCHAN CAVES HOTEL SITE
11.30am
CANNI CREEK RACECOURSE
Return Trip 5.30pm
FROM CANNI CREEK RACECOURSE
* BOOKINGS AND BUS TIMES VIA SECRETARY (03) 5155 2639 or 0408 516 899

Contact us

Ian Dunkley - Club Manager
(m) 0408 516899
(p) 03 5155 2639
(e) vian@dodo.com.au 

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