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HISTORY

160 YEARS

The first recorded race meeting in Mansfield was on December 27th and 28th in 1855. However, the first official race club ~ known as the Mansfield Jockey Club ~ was formed in 1869. The first race meeting under its auspices was held on March 9th and 10th in 1870. At the time, the President was Mr Chenery; the Vice President Mr Kitchen; and the Secretary was Mr. A. Smith. The first race meeting included a 2 mile race for 50 sovereigns and a steeple chase over 3 miles for 40 sovereigns...

A CHANGE OF COURSE

At this time, the races were held at what is now the Mansfield Botanic Park. The race meetings moved to new locations on a few occasions before the current land became available in 1928. The first meeting at the current course was held in April, 1932. The depression and World War II caused racing to cease at times, but since 1944, the club has raced regularly...

JOINING FORCES

In nearby Maindample, the race track was closed in 1931. After a brief comeback at Mansfield in the 1930's, the Maindample racing club commenced racing regularly in 1946. In 1964-1965, the Maindample and the Mansfield Jockey Club amalgamated to form the Mansfield District Racing Club. The Mansfield District Racing Club has held meetings at the course ever since...

A CLOSER LOOK

Lloyd H. Parks provides a detailed history of the Mansfield District Racing Club up to the early 1990's that makes a fantastic read for enthusiasts...

A TRAINING GROUND

Mansfield District Racing Club is also a training facility. A number of local trainers have stables nearby and on course; racing with regular success. Mansfield has also been a great training ground for young jockeys with a number of apprentices going on to forge professional careers as senior riders. Notable apprentices of esteemed Mansfield trainer Gerald Egan include Michael Pritchard, Luke Nolan, Nick Hall, Damien Robinson, and Billy Egan. Current up and coming jockeys are Jye McNeil (Rising Star 2014 and 15, Mitch Aiken and Lockie King

A LOCAL LEGEND

Born in Maindample, Ray Murphy spent his entire life in the district and most of it in Mansfield. He had three passions ~ his family, his farming and his horses. After owning many horses, some good and some not so good, Ray purchased DOOLAM GEM, coined after his then property's parish of Doolam Doolam. He enjoyed 14 Wins, 20 places and earnings of nearly $140,000! Doolam Gem also created an Australasian record winning four consecutive Mansfield Cups in 2000-2003 and a great friendship with Gerald Egan as trainer. One of Doolam Gems early jockey’s was Luke Nolen. When interviewed for a magazine article on the best three horses ever ridden, Luke quoted Typhoon Tracey, Doolam Gem and then Black Caviar. Doolam Gem also led out the field for the last professional Mansfield Cup ridden by Billy Egan.  All round, an amazing feat! Ray was a long standing member of the Club serving as President between 1972 and 1974 and a great racing character who is missed by all...

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