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Donald & District Racing Club

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Donald & District Racing Club

Donald & District Racing Club History

 

The Donald Races take place – as one would expect – in the township of Donald, Victoria, which is located just an hour North East of Horsham. With a lively spirit, it is no wonder that the first racecourse in Donald is rumored to have been down the main the street of the town - what a tradition!

 

A small town, Donald is big on racing action. The race meets in Donald form a very important part of the social and community fabric and spirit. With a population of 1700, Donald is a quiet, but interesting, agricultural town.

 

The first race meeting held by the Donald Turf Club was in 1875. Despite this, however, legend has it that the first organised race meet was in 1865. Of interest, is that the first racecourse in Donald was actually its main street!

 

There was a merger between the Donald Turf Club and the Corack Club in 1963 and it became the Donald & District Race Club. In 1978, these clubs then merged with the Wachem-Birchip Club. The Wimmera Racing Club (established in 1998) is now responsible for racing at the Donald Track.

 

2016 Racing Season Dates

  • Friday 8th Apri 2016
  • Saturday 14th May 2016 - Donald 2YO Classic
  • Saturday 2nd July 2016

 

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MEMBERSHIPS

Donald & District Racing Club Membership

 

A Membership with the Donald & District Racing Club includes

    • Entry to all 7 Donald Race meetings - including the Michaels Donald Cup in November 2015.

 

Single $30

Double $60


For more in formation on becoming a member of the Donald & District Racing Club please contact Penny Penfold 0418 124 289 or simply fill out a New Member Application form and return to PO Box 87, Donald, VIC, 3480 or via email to p.penfold@countryracing.com.au

 

Wimmera Racing Club Membership

 

As a club we value our members immensely and the financial support we recieve from membership subscriptions is invaluable. A membership with the Wimmera Racing Club includes: 

 

  • Members pass to 31 race meetings throughout the Wimmera region, across 9 Wimmera Racing Club Racecourses, including Ararat , Donald, Great Western, Horsham, Murtoa, Nhill, St Arnaud, Stawell and Warracknabeal. 
  • Access to members facilities (where available).
  • Opportunity to purchase an additional season guest pass
  • Non-raceday benefits such as special offers on accommodation
  • 4 complimentary guest passes for non-feature days
  • Copy of members newsletter

 

The Wimmera Racing Club offers the following types of membership

Full Membership - $70

Full Membership + Guest Pass - $120

Corporate Membership + 4 Guest Passes - $210

Guest Passes are fully transferable and gives access to all race meetings at Wimmera Racing Club member club venues.   

Memberships are available by contacting Penny Penfold on 03 5358 5288 or p.penfold@countryracing.com.au

 

Previous Donald Cup Winners

Year

Horse Jockey
1957 Golden Laurel  
1958 Braebank  
1959 Ardsley  
1960 Cyana  
1961 Rotator  
1962 Simkaa  
1963 Slick Lad  
1964 Imperialist  
1965 Rural Lock  
1966 Nullabbeau  
1967 Swan Line  
1968 Imperialist  
1969 Austral Image  
1970 Panator  
1971 Imperialist  
1972 Gay Rocket  
1973 Merry Bachelor  
1974 Royal Authrey  
1975 Royal Tudor  
1976 Cressalgo  
1977 Royal Authrey  
1978 Judyvale  
1979 Roblamba  
1980 Karragan R. Burgess
1981 Sporting Model G. Fuzzard
1982 Toujours Mio B. Courtney
1983 Sir Sahib S. Fliedner
1984 Good Rumour R Anderson
1985 Erato W. Bones
1986 Jagarnath S. Fliedner
1987 Mataboy G. Darrington
1988 Vastly M Heagney
1989 Call My Bluff R. Burgess
1990 Fail Proof K. Salt
1991 Awesome Mover L. Beer
1992 Tribe P. Payne
1993 All Toff P. Payne
1994 Mango’s Lunch N. Wilson
1995 Tribe N. Wilson
1996 Striking Gold R. Aitken
1997 Eye Wonder M. Miller
1998 Zajinsky M Heagney
1999 Carinya Pirate S. Harrison
2000 Robyn’s Furniture B. Rawiller
2001 Storm Rebel B. Rawiller
2002 Geronimo Run J. Patton
2003-2004  Longmire D. Yendall
2004  Pinerate M. Johnston
2005 Sanireka N. Mehmet
2006 Baudilino                          D. Yates
2007 All Pressure L. Beer
2008 Starkron D. Yendall
2009 Old Songs C. Robertson
2010 Glaneuse L. Meech
2011 Did We Win C. Lindop
2012 Magic Me L. Meech
2013 Me Hnugi C. Robertson
2014 Excites Zelady A. Patterson
2015 Tonopah D. Yendall
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Get Directions to Club

Getting there

ADDRESS: 

Donald Racecourse, Racecourse Road, Donald VIC

DISTANCE FROM MELBOURNE AIRPORT:

 277km

TRANSPORT TYPES:

BUS

Visit VLine for Timetables

CAR 

From Melbourne city travel along Sunraysia Hwy 

TRAIN 

Visit www.vline.com.au (Northern Region)


 

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS: 

 

Donald is a small country town with a lively spirit situated approximately 3 hours drive north west of Melbourne. Nearby, Lake Buloke is in not only one of Victoria’s largest lakes but it is also a significant breeding ground for waterfowl, especially ducks. The smaller Lake Jil Jil also provides its share of game in the form of trout and redfin, which also attract their share of fish-eating birds.

 

 

 

No visit to Donald is complete without a photograph of the famous bullock’s head - an unusual, natural growth on a riverside box tree. Wildflower lovers should time their visit to coincide with the spring show in the Mt Jeffcott Reserve where 4WD visitors can enjoy the panaoramic views from the summit.

 

 

 

Visitor Information Centre - Next to Johno's Cafe at north end of town at 27 Woods Street, Donald, phone: 5497 1707

 

 

 

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS:

  • Donald Motor Lodge- 03 5497 1700 
  • Donald Riverside Motel- 03 5497 1488 
  • Donald Caravan Park- 03 5497 1764

 

 

 

We suggest booking in advance, as when the Donald Cup rolls around, local accommodation fills to capacity a month out from raceday. 


 

Contact us

Penny Penfold - Club Manager 0418 124 289 or p.penfold@countryracing.com.au

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