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.
KEVIN PROBERT DECIDES TO LEAVE AS THE CLUB LOOKS TO BOUNCE BACK WITH A WIN OVER WARRANDYTE
The Yarrawonga Pigeons scored a 20 point victory over the Myrtleford Saints at the JC Lowe Oval in Yarrawonga on Saturday.
The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
Echuca-Moama Cycling Club’s All Rivers Enduro mountain bike race is proof that if you build an event, the public and competitors will come.
FOUR Rochester residents did more than their bit for women’s cancers mid last month when they trekked 60km around Melbourne to raise funds for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Tongala Football Club lost to Rumbalara in the Murray Netball League on Saturday by 14 points.
Four generations of Comi girls this Mother's Day
Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
DESPITE criticism from within the community over a perceived lack of use, the O’Keefe Rail Trail has enjoyed good traffic over the past couple of weeks, with more to come.
The usual yellow and black colours at Katamatite Recreation Reserve will be replaced this Mother’s Day as pink will be the colour of choice.
Jake has babies to thank for surviving cancer.
Fonterra suppliers are reeling after the announcement of a big cut in the milk price from $5.60/kg to $5 for the full current year.
The News magazines are online - read high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for the latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.