Dubbo Races, Race Track & Betting
Dubbo Race Track has a 410 metre straight and runs in a clockwise direction, the circumference is 2004.
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The Dubbo Race Track:
About the Dubbo Races:
Tagged as the “Racing Hub of the West”, the Dubbo race track is located at the Golden Highway on Eastern Dubbo. This track is known for its bias-free track that gives every punter and runner an equal chance to win. Currently, the Dubbo race track is being managed by the Dubbo Turf Club.
Being the largest city in New South Wales’ Orana region, the Dubbo race track has become a vital horse racing venue in Australia for it has highway links to Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne. It became a city in 1966 and is called the “Crossroads of New South Wales”.
Meanwhile, the Dubbo race track is a two-kilometre race track which has a home straight of 410 metres. Races as this track are usually contested over 900 metres, 1000 metres, 1200 metres, 1400 metres, 1500 metres, 1600 metres and 2180 metres.
Aside from hosting major Australian horse racing events, the Dubbo race track also has the best training facilities in the Central West. It has a training track that is covered with gold wherein about a hundred horses can train at the same time. Because of this feature, the Dubbo race course is a vital location for the development of New South Wales horse racing.
Thirteen race meetings are held in Dubbo each year and the most notable of which are the Gold Cup Carnival and the Zoo City Cup. The Gold Cup Carnival churns out golden horse races every September and November and is staged over two days. The first day usually features eight TAB horse racing events that carry hefty prizes.
Meanwhile, the second day features more important races including the Gold Cup race. In 2008, the Gold Cup race carried a $45,000 prize pool and was participated by eleven horses. At the end of its mile-long course, it was Phantom Thief with jockey Greg Ryan that won the race.
During that day, Ryan not only won the Dubbo Gold cup but also the XXXX Gold Vase Open Handicap and the Myer Rating 57 Handicap. On the other hand, the Zoo City Cup is also held over two days which are usually a Friday and a Sunday. It is an annual event that is held every March or April.
The first day of this horse racing spectacle features the one-kilometre Zoo FM Sprint and the EJ & Lia Rating 72 Handicap which both have $10,000 prize pools. Its second day of events carries eight races and most notable of which is the mile-long Zoo City Cup. Greg Ryan once again won the 2008 Zoo City Cup with the horse Nampara Bullet. In 2009, Little Britain and jockey Daniel Edmonds won this race.
In 2010, Tora Tora Tora and jockey Jon Greisdale won the Zoo City Cup in narrow fashion over Newton’s Rings with Hari Singh on board and Stratofortress with jockey Andrew Bloomfield. Tora Tora Tora is trained by Tom Mulholland.
During the month of January, in the summer months and by Christmas time, the Dubbo race track features twilight race meetings and party events for the Melbourne Cup and the Derby Day. One of these popular party events is the Girls Day Out day in autumn wherein female horse racing patrons vie for the Fashion on the Field award.
Though it is not the most popular horse racing turf in Australia, Dubbo still provides a good venue for racing and equine training in the western area of New South Wales. Membership to the Dubbo Race Club is at AUD $80 and includes free entrance to all races in Dubbo, Narromine and Coonamble and entrance to their highly-equipped Members Lounge.