Tatura Races

The prominent Australian state of Victoria is renowned as home of country horse racing. Such is the case with the town of Tatura, located a few kilometres out of Shepparton. The estimated population of this town is in the vicinity of 5,000 people. Important landmarks include the Cussen Park wetlands, the Wartime Camps and the Irrigation Museum. The name of the town means “small lagoon”. The immensely popular Italian Plate Race Day is a featured racing event and a highlight in this town.

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Horseracing is a popular regional leisure activity since the time of settlers. Races have been organized by the Tatura Turf Club, prior to the introduction of the new racecourse at Ross Street in 1881. These events attract a bunch of happy picnic makers along with recreational punters. The internet is used to sell picnic race packages online and bets can also be placed with various online sports books.

Horse races in Australia

Thoroughbred Horse Racing is a significant spectator sport in the country, and betting on horse races is a popular hobby among many. The estimated turnover runs over $12 billion wagered every year with bookies and the Totalisator Agency Board (TAB). The two types of Thoroughbred horse races in the country are the flat races, and also races over fences or hurdles in Victoria and South Australia. Thoroughbred races are the third highest spectator sport in the country in terms of attendance, just behind the Australian Rules football and the rugby league, with almost two million admissions to the 330 racecourses every year throughout the country.

On a worldwide scale, Australia has more courses than any other country. It is only 2nd to the United States in the number of horses which start in the races annually. Australia stands 3rd, after the United States and Japan for the amount of prize money which is paid out every year.

The province of Victoria is home to many international race days like the Melbourne Cup. As the most prestigious racing event in Australia, the Melbourne Cup field is composed of the best horses in the country. The chief controlling body is the Racing Victoria Limited with the mainstream club being the Victoria Racing Club. The other two modern clubs include the Melbourne Racing Club and the Moonee Valley Racing Club, which host the famous Cox Plate Championships. The state has many top-notch racecourses which include the Cranbourne, Mornington, Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Mildura, Stony Creek, Wangaratta, Warrnambool and Moe among others.

Upcoming Races

Group 1

The TJ Smith

(1600m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

2YO SW

Group 1

Winter Stakes

(1400m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

WFA

Group 1

Doomben Cup

(2020m)

Doomben

$500,000

3YO & Up WFA

Group 1

Queensland Oaks

(2400m)

Eagle Farm

$400,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Queensland Derby

(2400m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Stradbroke Handicap

(1400m)

Eagle Farm

$1,000,000

Hcp

Country Racing in Victoria

Not just meant to be a race meeting, a day at the country races is a pleasant break for many from their daily routines. Victoria is home to 49 professional horse race clubs and 15 country race clubs, all with a unique setting for their particular race days. Horses of all calibers grace the turf at such events.

Besides the racing event, the clubs make available a radiant variety of compelling options including free kids’ activities, delectable food delicacies, succulent wines, melodious music, free buses and a range of specific activities which suit a specifically themed racing event.

Each course provides a comforting ambiance, where clients are kept entertained and the crowd can mingle with friends and family. The race days offer a variety of packages for everyone to enjoy. On the course, the clubs provide for a range of choices which may be customized to their specific likings.

On average clubs offer package deals from a number of people at a time, each in a different setting with separate culinary requirements. Market umbrellas, mini-marquees, trackside enclosures and private marquees can be made available with special decorations which please the eye and impress the clients. Food and beverage added extras can be customized as per the size of the attending audience. All in all it makes for a magnificent day out at the races.

The food and beverage deals offered by the clubs give more opportunities to the local providers and increase the popularity to the local cuisine. The key to making the most out of a splendid day at the races is to select an agreeable setting, buy a handsome package deal and join family and friends on the course for a marvelous day at the races.

Horse racing events in Tatura

The Tatura racing calendar includes the following racing events among others: the Girls’ Day Out in October, the Italian Plate Day in the last month of the year, the Tatura Cup which is held March, and the Red Ripe Tomato Day in May.

The profile of the present day racing club is in shape because of the merger in 1971 of the Goulburn Valley Turf Club with the Tatura Turf Club, which was renamed the Goulburn Valley Racing Club. Before to this union, in 1959 the Shepparton Jockey Club and the Mooroopna Race Club had merged to create the Goulburn Valley Turf Club.

In 1995 the Club formally changed its name to depict a clear link with the racecourse which lies in the mid of the town, forming the Tatura Racing Club and finally in 2005 after the expansion, it came to be known as the Tatura & Shepparton Racing Club. The Club has undergone several changes over the years to modernize the facilities with the track undergoing full renovation in 2004.

Many online gambling sites make available dedicated information and helpful tools on their website for a range of topics related to the horse races in the region. They publish reviews and statistics for featured races, specializing in the Tatura races. So, whether you are relaxing in the comfort of your own home, at the office or even while traveling, you can easily bet on the Tatura races online. All you require is the internet and an online bookmaker. It really is that easy.