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Merton Amateur Turf Club

What better way to spend New Years Day than relaxing under the elms in the Victorian Country side at one of Victoria’s oldest picnic racing meetings. Pack a picnic hamper and BYO or treat yourself to a variety of food and beverages available on course.

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P. 0417 810 400

F. (03) 5778 9524


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  • Merton Cup

    Jan 01 Thu
    • Picnic
    • Cup day
    • General Admission



    Racing since 1865, join in the action at the Merton Cup! More info

Now in it’s 149th year, the Merton Amateur Turf Club’s New Year’s Day race meeting is a chance for locals and visitors to come together to enjoy an authentic picnic racing experience.


With century old elm trees creating all the shade you need and great track-side viewing, the ‘picnics at Merton’ is the only place to be on New Year’s Day.


The kids will be well entertained with activities including a petting farm, games, face painting as well as running races on the track, while our five categories of Fashions on the Field are always hotly contested.


Enjoy a beer or wine from the publican’s booth on course or pack your own esky with your favorite drop – either way, we encourage, expect and enforce the responsible drinking of alcohol.

Just a leisurely two hour drive from Melbourne and a half hour from Mansfield, Yea, Alexandra or Euroa, a day at the Merton Cup is the perfect way to start the New Year.

A V-Line bus service from Melbourne also stops at Merton making it an easy destination for everyone.

Contact the club directly with any membership enquiry.

Merton Amateur Turf Club

Phone: 0417 810 400

Fax: (03) 5778 9524