Race meeting to celebrate milestone

THE Carrick Park Pacing Club will celebrate 100 years next week when it stages its annual cup meeting.

The Carrick Cup will be held on Saturday, February 15, from 2.30pm and it will be a day of fanfare for the club that started at the Carrick Racing Club in 1848.

However, following the death of race sponsor and former premier Thomas Reibey in 1912, the club folded and the Carrick Hack and Trotting club was formed in 1914 and staged pacing and trotting at the track for several years.

The club soon became the Carrick Trotting Club in 1917 and the first Cup was staged in 1921 - won by Myrtlewood.

Club secretary Sandra Rybarczyk said Carrick Park was the oldest continuous racecourse in Australia after more than 160 years of racing.

``We still hold three meetings a year here,'' she said.

``We don't know the fields yet but our first meeting at the beginning of December we had 160-odd nominations and nine races with capacity fields.

``People just love coming to Carrick because people can get right up to the track.''

There will be fashions on the field competitions, a chopping exhibition from David Foster, celebrity pony race, children's activities and a live band following the race.

BYO alcohol is not permitted.

FACT FILE

WHAT: The Carrick Cup.

WHEN: Saturday, February 15. Gates open from 2.30pm.

WHERE: Carrick Park Racing Club, East Street, Carrick.

ENTRY: Adults $10, pensioners $5, and children under 16 free.

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