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Wangaratta Turf Club

The Wangaratta Turf Club is located just over 2 hours from Melbourne in North East Victoria and is the major training centre for that region. Racing 10-12 times a year The Wangaratta Turf Club has a great events calendar including 3 major race meetings each season. It attracts it's largest crowd to its Wangaratta Motor Group Melbourne Cup Race Day in November each year with over 5,000 people in attendance. They have packages for all budgets. Christmas is always a fun, busy time at the Wangaratta Turf Club with a fantastic Christmas Party celebration! Looking for something different to do for your work Christmas Party? Come to Insite Real Estate Wangaratta Christmas Party Races this year on December 19! Organise a Marquee or Umbrella Package or even come and relax on the lawn! Then dance the night away with our live entertainment once the racing is done. March then sees Wangaratta host the Winsec Savings & Loans Wangaratta Cup meeting with numbers increasing every year! The Wangaratta Turf Club also holds many private events in its spacious function room. The front of the room consists of glass windows which over look the finishing line on the racecourse! Book in for any kind of function - birthday's, weddings, corporate events, engagement parties, presentation nights - we can cater for all kinds.

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The Wangaratta Turf Club is currently undergoing a course proper reconstruction. We will not be racing here for a period of 10 months whilst this happens. This upgrade will help ensure successful racing at Wangaratta for many years to come.

The reconstruction will provide the following benefits for the Wangaratta Turf Club:

  • Improved Camber and levels of the course proper
  • Improved Drainage of the surface
  • Removal of winter weed grass species including “POA” and “Bent Grass”
  • Stronger Kikuyu surface which will be able to undertake greater usage for training, jump outs, trials and racing.
  • Decreased Maintenance costs of providing a premium racing surface

The reconstruction will include:

  • The course proper being sprayed with round up and mowed down to prepare the surface to be taken off
  • The removal of the top 40mm of surface to remove 90% of the seed bed
  • Laser levelling to ensure a completely lever surface
  • Over 3,000 cubic meters of sand added to the profile of the track to improve drainage and growing conditions for the grass before the new grass is planted
  • Line planting with kikuyu grass

All of this will happen by the end of January with the following 9 months allowing for the new grass to grow and consolidate. The maintenance and care of the new grass will be looked after by our local track team.

The cost of this project is in excess of $380,000 and is being funded by the Victorian State Government, Racing Victoria and the Wangaratta Turf Club.






Racing began in 1845 at North Wangaratta. Ten years later the Club moved to its present site.
Years ago included in the racing programs were pony races, hurdle races and steeplechases, with a water jump in front of the grandstand.

The first Wangaratta Cup was run in 1904, before that time the premier race was called a plate. The Wangaratta Cup is now run in April. Two horses have won the Wangaratta Cup twice, Sarakos 1935 & 1936, Here's Cheers 1971 & 1972. St Patrick's Wangaratta Racing Club also used this track for their charity meetings from 1923-2003 and staged the first all grey horse race in Victoria at Wangaratta, and also the first Sunday meeting in the area on this track.

In 1985 the Wangaratta Turf Club was one of the first Victorian country clubs invited to race on Melbourne Cup Day, which has proven to be a bonanza for the club.

Makybe Diva whom became a household name in 2005 after her third consecutive Melbourne Cup Victory began her amazing career wins at Wangaratta over 1600 meters in a maiden on a heavy track, who would be the most notable horse to race at Wangaratta.

Wangaratta Turf Club holds 12 race meetings per year with the Arlington Park Estate Melbourne Cup Day meeting the most attended with over 5000 people on course each year. The Winsec Savings and Loans Wangaratta Cup is the Club's Premier Event held on the first Sunday in March. Other event days for the Club include the Twilight Christmas Party Race Day in December, Seniors race day in October and Kids day out meeting in the Summer holidays.

The Wangaratta Turf Club is the regions Major Training Centre having undergone a number of capital improvements over the past 16 months which include the refurbishment of the Female Jockey and Stewards Rooms, Resurfaced Sand Training Track, New Bullring installed, Re-constructed and widened Grass Training Track, and the latest project nearing completion is a state of the art Equine Swimming pool, which is concreted with filtration system and optional Bungy swimming operation.

Wangaratta services over 25 trainers on a weekly basis, with 14 trainers based on track resulting in an average of 100 horses per morning with continued growth expected as Wangaratta continues to work towards becoming  Major Training, Equine Education and Racing Centre for Country Victoria. 

Wangaratta Turf Club is Located just over 2 hours drive from Melbourne in North East Victoria.

Vline operate many daily services to Wangaratta via the Melbourne to Albury line, and is also accesable via Countrylink from New South Wales. Wangaratta is also located just 50 minutes south of the Albury Airport which connects with many regional centres and all capital cities around Australia.

If needing Accomodation, The Wangaratta Turf Club reccomends staying with our partners Quality Hotel Wangaratta Gateway, where you will have all the facilities and more that you would expect from a 4.5 Star Hotel with the highly reccomended Atrium Restaurant for your dining options.

Whilst in Wangaratta, you might also like to experience some of our fantastic local destinations including Snowfields, wineries, and gourmet food business's with further details available by checking out

Catch the Bus to and from the Winsec Wangaratta Cup!

The Wangaratta Turf Club will be running a Free Wangaratta Bus service to get you too and from the track! Catch the Bus along the below route every 30 minutes from 11am and then get dropped off at the conclusion of The Black Sorrows & James Reyne. The Club will also be running a $10 Return Bus service from Mulwala, Yarrawonga, Bundalong, Bright, Myrtleford and Beechworth!


Bus Route


Catch the Bus to and from the Winsec Wangaratta Cup!


The Bus will be covering the above route departing stops at the following times, feel free to hail the bus along the route-


Judds Tavern                                                     11:00am            11:30am            12:00pm           12:30pm


St Johns Nursing Home                                    11:03am            11:33am            12:03pm           12:33pm


Wangaratta High School (Phillipson St)           11:05am            11:35am            12:05pm           12:35pm


Rovers Football Ground                                    11:07am            11:37am            12:07pm           12:37pm


Chemart Chemist (Reid St)                               11:10am            11:40am            12:10pm           12:40pm


Coles (Perry St)                                                  11:13am            11:43am            12:13pm           12:43pm


Murdoch Rd                                                         11:16am            11:46am            12:16pm           12:46pm


Wenhams Lane                                                   11:19am            11:49am            12:19pm           12:49pm


Cribbes Rd                                                           11:21am            11:51am            12:21pm           12:51pm


Town & Country Tavern                                     11:22am            11:52am            12:22pm           12:52pm


You can also hail the Bus at any designated Bus Stop along the route outlined above for it to stop during those times. What's better, catch the Free Wangaratta Bus service and receive a Free Race Book and $5 lunch voucher.


The $10 Return Bus Service will also be operating on the below Timetable with Bookings Essential to ensure service runs-

Mulwala- Ricky D's 11:00am

Yarrawonga Town Hall- 11:10am

Bundalong Tavern- 11:25am

Bright Bus Stop- 10:45am

Porepunkah Bus Stop- 10:55am

Myrtleford Bus Stop- 11:10am

Beechworth Bus Stop- 11:35am

Busses will return at the conclusion of the Black Sorrows and James Reyne.

 Call the Club on 57 22 1242 for any further enquiries and to book your seat on the Bus.

Wangaratta Turf Club Membership is the best way to Get your Heart Racing!! With a number of fantastic value membership packages from just a single membership, to getting a thrill by having a share in a race horse or having a Gold package for you or your Business, there is hundreds to thousands of dollars of value across all packages.

Membership Packages 2014/15


Single Membership - $75

  • Entry into all twelve race meetings at Wangaratta during the 2014/2015 race season including Melbourne Cup Day
  • Admittance to the members' facilities which includes private TAB, toilet & bar
  • Members cash prize draws jackpotting $50 every race meeting
  • Complimentary Race book for each Race Meeting
  • Complimentary Drink Voucher for each Race Meeting
  • Discounted hospitality packages on all race days
  • Invitation to members' events, including a complimentary welcoming luncheon on Saturday 23rd August
  • Voucher booklet with over $400 worth of value at over 12 Wangaratta Business's
  • Discounted room hire of Oaks Conference & Function Centre
  • Reciprocal rights at Benalla, Wodonga, Echuca, Tatura, Towong and Geelong racing clubs
  • Monthly members' newsletters
  • Regular member events including social bus trips, club functions & racing tours








5 Year Membership - $375

Show your commitment to the Wangaratta Turf Club and save money by purchasing a 5 year membership at todays rate! For $375 you will receive all the membership benefits listed under the single membership each year for 5 years, bonus ticket in all the members cash draws and recognition in the members newsletter.

In your year receive a $45 Precinct Restaurant & Bar voucher as well as a $30 Steve & Linda’s Supa IGA voucher giving you your membership value straight back!









Makybe Owners Club Membership - $370

If you’re looking for fun, excitement, spine-tingling moments and enjoy the beauty of the thoroughbred …then it’s time to get amongst it and join the ‘sport of kings’, where over $180 million in prizemoney is on offer across 4500 races in Victoria annually.

Whether you strike a win at fabulous Flemington or in the charm of Wangaratta, owning a racehorse with family, friends, and fellow members can change lives and has never been easier or more affordable!

Aside from the lucrative prize money and bonuses to pocket, racehorse ownership can change lives, create life-long friendship and unforgettable experiences both on and off the racetrack like it did for Tony Santic after Makybe Diva won her first ever race here at Wangaratta in 2002.

‘Turf Cutter Girl’ is a 3 year old Bay Filly by Bel Esprit out of Blaze the Turf. She has been in work since the start of June and we anticipate her racing by September.

  • Receive all the benefits of a single membership as well as the thrill of owning a share in a Race Horse
  • You will receive a percentage share of ‘Turf Cutter Girl’, trained by Wangaratta trainer Craig Dickson and managed by the Wangaratta Turf Club
  • You will receive weekly updates on where the horse is at in its training program, have opportunities to learn and understand the process of training a race horse to get it into a race as well as tips along the way!
  • Complimentary Entry to all racecourses where horse races.
  • There will be three complimentary Makybe Owners Club functions throughout the year including a ticket into the exclusive, all inclusive Sam Miranda Ultimate Dining Marquee on WINSEC Savings & Loans Wangaratta Cup Day.

This Membership Package will give you the ultimate thrill of a racing experience at a very affordable level of all inclusive payments for 12 months with some fantastic benefits along the way.







Gold Membership - $1,000

  • Two single memberships with all the single membership benefits (listed below)
  • Two tickets into the Ultimate Dining Package on Wangaratta Cup Day
  • One ticket into the NAB Business Charity Luncheon featuring Ricky Ponting and Glenn Archer
  • $1000 off a full page advertisement in the Wangaratta Chronicle
  • Up to $500 worth of free advertising with 102.1 Edge FM and 1566 3NE
  • Advertising year round in members’ newsletter
  • Naming rights to one race during the 2014/15 season which includes:
    • Temporary signage at entrance gates
    • Racebook advertising
    • 6 passes into members’ facilities to enjoy 6 complimentary meals
    • Extensive media coverage in local and national newspapers, radio, television coverage on Sky Racing and TVN with a potential audience of over 1 million people
    • Race name printed in all local and national pubs on form guides
    • The opportunity to have a celebratory drink with the winning connections of your race
    • Any extra signage that you may have can be put around the course in ideal locations to maximise your exposure





Wangaratta Turf Club

Phone: (03) 57221242