The Geelong Racecourse is one of Victoria’s major regional horse racing venues. The current racecourse dates back to 1908. The annual Geelong Cup is held at the course every October, as well as a number of other race meets through the year.
The Geelong Racing Club was formed in 1866, holding their first meet on January 18 1866. February 23 1872 saw the first Geelong Cup held at the Marshalltown course.
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In 1907 it was decided to relocate the Geelong Racecourse and Geelong Showgrounds to their current site on Breakwater Road, East Geelong. The first race meet was held there in March 1908, with the first Geelong Racing Club meet being held there on December 12 1908. The Geelong Racing Club will host more than 35 race meetings in the 2017/2018 racing season.
The prestigious Geelong Cup, known as the gateway to glory, is widely considered one of the most reliable guides to the result of the Melbourne Cup. There has been 3 thoroughbreds that have won the Geelong Cup and the Melbourne Cup in the same year, (Media Puzzle 2002, Americain 2010, Dunaden 2011.)
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The current Geelong Racecourse has two tracks – a synthetic track and a turf track. The synthetic track is a left-handed all-weather ThoroughTrack course of 1858 metres in length. The turf track is a left-handed oval track that is 2043 metres long.
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