Some of Australia’s greatest horses and just a few racetrack characters have appeared at the Benalla Racing Club’s grounds in its 150-year history.April 24, 2014 3:01am
Some of Australia’s greatest horses and just a few racetrack characters have appeared at the Benalla Racing Club’s grounds in its 150-year history.
A new book launched recently steps through the club’s past and includes fascinating and sometimes humorous anecdotes and a host of interesting short stories about club identities and legends.
The Benalla Racing Club Story also features numerous photographs from the club’s archives.
The book was compiled by club historian Allitt Robinson and Deniliquin author Garry Baker.
Mr Robinson meticulously researched racing in Benalla from the club’s inception in 1860, and his work is complemented by the narratives on numerous personalities which were written by Mr Baker.
More than 172 pages capture the horses, people, triumphs and tragedies that have been part of Benalla racing.
For example, some of Australia’s greatest horses have raced at the local track, including the mighty mare Makybe Diva, champion miler Super Impose and Black Knight, who won the Benalla Cup in 1984 and soon after won the Melbourne Cup.
There have been many famous (and infamous) characters grace the grounds of BRC, with members of the Kelly Gang and his family causing some distractions in the 19th century.
Gang member Steve Hart, a noted horseman, rode a winner at a Benalla race meeting.
And throughout the years many people have made significant contributions to progressing the ‘sport of kings’ in Benalla, with these efforts recognised in the book.
A special guest at the book launch was trainer Quinton Scott, whose family has been part of racing in Benalla since the early 1950s.
The Scott family story is one of many that features in the book, alongside other trainers, jockeys, administrators and horses who have made a mark on the racing industry in Benalla.
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