Primarily considered as a regional horse racing track, the Geelong Racecourse is home to the Geelong Cup, which is held annually every October. This Geelong, Vic, horse race track also hosts other horse races all year round. The first race was held at Corio in 1841 wherein 3 races were held. The 2nd race was held along the Moorabooi River. It was only in 1849 when a proper racecourse was planned through the acquisition of 727 acres of land near the Barwon River.
In 1866, the Geelong Racing Club was established and its first Geelong Cup was held in 1872. In 1878, a railway line was constructed for spectators. In 1907, the Geelong Racecourse was transferred to its current location. The first race in the new location occurred in 1908. The railway station to Geelong Racecourse was also inaugurated during this time. Geelong, Vic, Horse Race Track had a lot of renovations since then. Its most recent upgrade included another grandstand as well as the renovation of the race track.
Other Things The Geelong Racing Club Does
The Geelong Racing Club also rents out its facilities to the public for trade shows, field days, product launches, conferences, auction nights, parties, and weddings. The Silks Room offers sophistication and style, and is located at the top of Briseis Stand. It has a dance floor with glassed frontage for the spectacular view of the race track. It can accommodate between 120 to 200 guests. Annually, the Geelong Racing Club hosts about 35 races. A synthetic track had been added in 2000 to be used during wet weather. The Geelong, Vic, Horse Race Track has 2,043 meters circumference and 400 meters straight track.
The Geelong Cup occurs 13 days before the Melbourne Cup. Its 2,400 meter handicap automatically qualifies for the Cup. Dunaden, Americain, and Media Puzzle used the Geelong Cup as their lead-up in winning the Melbourne Cup while Bauer and On A Jeune finished 2nd place.
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