Centenary celebrated at Carrick Cup meeting

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THE Carrick Park Pacing Club yesterday celebrated 100 years at its annual cup meeting.

The club boasts the oldest grandstand and is one of six country race clubs left in the state from the original 85.

Pacing club member Leigh Dornauf said he was pleased with the day.

Aside from the races, fashions on the field and a host of family activities entertained a crowd of about 4000 people.

A tug-of-war competition carrying a $1000 prize and a race against time featuring David Foster, a horse and a cyclist also took place.

Veteran racecaller Peter Gilligan was tempted back to Tasmania to help the club celebrate.

Mr Dornauf said it was thanks to the dedication of the voluntary committee that the club remained successful.

"We hope to continue to keep our annual race day going," he said.

"We all want to make sure it continues its long history."

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