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The Murtoa Racing Club staged its first meeting on a Thursday in February 1879, declaring a public holiday so the whole town could go to the races. As in many Victorian country towns, this tradition continued for the best part of 120 years until recently, when the Murtoa Cup, which was originally the Murtoa Handicap, was moved to a Saturday.
The first Murtoa Handicap in 1879 was run over a mile and three quarters for prize money of 30 sovereigns. The race was won by Salisbury, a four year-old entire carrying 9 stone 9 lbs. In 2004 the Cup was run over 2050 metres and won by the seven year-old gelding aquiline with 56kg on his back.
Racing has always been an integral part of the town life in Murtoa, and despite the population drain towards larger towns and cities that has effected many smaller towns in Victoria, racing at Murtoa racecourse has always remained strong and vibrant.
Murtoa racecourse is situated near Lake Marma, and was a dirt track for many years before the grass track and associated training facilities were built in 1964. The grandstand was built in 1925 and is still in use today. Murtoa racecourse has become an important racing centre in the Wimmera thanks to its central location and the ability of the track to hold up in wet weather.
The Murtoa Racing Club fought pressure to merge with nearby Horsham for much of its recent history but racing in the town continued to survive and thrive. Murtoa/Marma Racing Club is now administered by an entirely volunteer based committee, ensuring a bright future for thoroughbred racing in Murtoa.
Chairman: David Delahunty
Wimmera Racing Club Director: Majella Ballantine
Vice Chairpersons: Majella Ballantine and Jo Bourke
Club Manager: Majella Ballantine
Secretary: Phil Childs
Treasurer: David Grigg
Track Manager: Majella Ballantine
Committee: Mark Delahunty, Ann Puls, Doug Gardy, Daymon Kerrins, Dinny Lindsay, Wayne Shevlin, John Gerdtz.
Murtoa Racing is in the fortunate position that it is due to a large number of volunteers. The Committee is made up of unpaid volunteers with expertise in a wide range of disciplines from trades, the health sector, legal, farming and business backgrounds.
Various community groups are valued members of our volunteer structure including Our Lady Help of Christians Parents and Friends, Murtoa Cricket Club, Murtoa Lions Club and many individual contributors.
A Murtoa Racing Memebership offers much more than a simple gate entry to two of the most exciting country race meetings in Victoria. By becoming a member, you will be actively supporting a fully voluntary club and helping it to not only sustain it’s place in Victoria’s strong racing industry but to improve.
For $25, Members enjoy:
We invite you to submit the application below to our Committee for our consideration.
CLICK HERE to access the Murtoa Membership Form.
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Murtoa Township is located 20 minutes from Horsham on the Wimmera Highway.
Murtoa Racecourse is located on the southern boundary of the Township and accessed from either the Murtoa - Lubeck Road at the Recreation Reserve or alternatively from the Wimmera Highway (Horsham - Murtoa) via McClintock Street. Parking is FREE.
Murtoa is a picturesque 3 hour drive from Melbourne
VLine provide a comfortable train and coach service from Melbourne to Murtoa via Ballarat, Beaufort, Ararat and Stawell.
Nearest aerodrome for planes is at Horsham, 20 minutes drive away. For helicoptors, please contact the club.