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Thread: Our Ghost Tracks.... Where are they?

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    We used to trial at Blacktown showground on a Sunday I think the groung the track circled is still there, Trialed at Hawkesbury in the centre of the gallops track, it was right handed and then swapped to left and had a couple of drives at Richmond on the grass dirt etc it was both in places they changed it from right to left as well and the home straight was very short.

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    Ghost Tracks in the US...Historic Harness Racing Sites

    Dean Hoffman, former editor of the USTA's Hoof Beats has written about five historic sites in the US.

    The first two, Roosevelt Raceway on Long Island, and Good Time Park at Goshen, are both in New York.

    Great reading: https://harnessracingupdate.com/2020...ood-time-park/

    Good Time Park,, Goshen NY,

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    They Raced at Minyip

    While looking into the many horses bred and raced by Jack McKay (Minyip Jack) , with Jack McKay ( JP McKay) training them at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds.
    ......I wondered whether they might have started their careers locally...at the Minyip Showgrouds..some of them did as they raced from 1919 to 1948.

    The winners of the annual Minyip St Pats Trotting Club Open:

    1941 Race Discontinued
    1940 Don Ariel
    1939 Admiral Derby
    1938 Shire Wealth
    1937 Shire Wealth
    1936 Sams Wonder
    1935 Last Principal
    1934 Boy Wonga
    1933 Miss Wonga
    1932 Too Honest
    1931 Boy Wonga
    1930 Boy Wonga
    1929 Plain Grattan
    1928 Rowall Voyage
    1927 Direct Girl
    1926 Flying Ribbon
    1925 Flying Ribbon
    1924 Gratified
    1923 Bettyshire
    1922 Norvals Pride
    1921 Blue Isles
    1920 Madge Huon
    1919 Desert Rose
    1918 Dublin Post
    1917 Valaze
    1916 Experiment
    1915 Blythe Maid

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    They even raced at Glenorchy...just out of Stawell

    Glenorchy is a tiny dot on the Wimmera Highway, just out of Stawell. (Kev territory).
    They trotted there.
    Was this the track, or was it next door on what is now the golf course?

    Queen's Voyage, the 1924 winner of The Glen Trot, was no slouch..winning in Victoria and then Kalgoorlie.
    1924 Vic The Glen Trot, Glenorchy
    1925 Vic Horsham/Wimmera Cup
    1925 Vic Horsham TC Handicap
    1926 Vic Horsham TC Flying
    1928 WA Goldfields Trotting Cup
    1928 WA Goldfields Easter Cup

    The Main race at Glenorchy was The Glen Trot (Thanks to www.Classicfamilies.net)

    1940 Vic The Glen Trot Dingley Dell
    1938 Vic The Glen Trot Derwent Derby
    1937 Vic The Glen Trot Derwent Derby
    1936 Vic The Glen Trot West Wonga
    1931 Vic The Glen Trot Truvale
    1930 Vic The Glen Trot Abbey May
    1929 Vic The Glen Trot Duke Alto
    1928 Vic The Glen Trot Blacksmith
    1927 Vic The Glen Trot Kelvinshire
    1926 Vic The Glen Trot Abbey May
    1925 Vic The Glen Trot Jean Galindo
    1924 Vic The Glen Trot Queens Voyage
    1923 Vic The Glen Trot Siams Gift
    1922 Vic The Glen Trot Blonde Beauty
    1921 Vic The Glen Trot Yellow Jack
    1919 Vic The Glen Trot Almona
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    I note in the 70's Year Books that Maryborough QLD used to have more than 52 meetings a year. Every Saturday they would run 3 races with some of the R1 horses competing in R3 - in fact it was not uncommon for a horse to win both
    I wondered what became of the track (not listed on HRA's Tracks page), although being the Showgrounds it is probably still there - so what happened to the racing?
    I found a story in The Gympie Times that said racing was returning in Jan 2010 after more than 20yrs absence but I am guessing it must have been short lived

    https://www.gympietimes.com.au/news/...wakens/425583/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Messenger View Post
    I note in the 70's Year Books that Maryborough QLD used to have more than 52 meetings a year. Every Saturday they would run 3 races with some of the R1 horses competing in R3 - in fact it was not uncommon for a horse to win both
    I wondered what became of the track (not listed on HRA's Tracks page), although being the Showgrounds it is probably still there - so what happened to the racing?
    I found a story in The Gympie Times that said racing was returning in Jan 2010 after more than 20yrs absence but I am guessing it must have been short lived

    https://www.gympietimes.com.au/news/...wakens/425583/
    http://www.harness.org.au/racing/fie...s/?mc=OX100110
    That meeting was abandoned

    Further article here

    https://www.frasercoastchronicle.com...g-bac/2148898/

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    Thanks for those Breno. Very informative
    I am guessing the cost of fencing (to protect the viewing public?) has been deemed too expensive for the meetings promised
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