GEELONG RACING CLUB

Geelong – the city!

Geelong can found in the southern part of the state of Victoria, Australia, and has the distinction of being the second largest city in the entire state. Being a port city by location, the development of Geelong has remained a trading investment for all the ships and settlers who came during British Colonial times. The total population has gone up to a staggering 160,000 people, making it one of the largest cities in any of the provinces of Australia.

Horse racing is one of the highlights of Geelong and many spectators and punters take part. The best part about the Geelong races is that you can now bet online in the comfort of your own home. Forget having to travel or contend with the crowds. Relax, put your feet up and bet online. It really is as simple and convenient as this.

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The geographic location of the city has made Geelong a tourist destination – the plains of Lara form the northern boundary, Waurn Ponds to its southern edge, hilly areas to its west and a bay on the east. Due to its close proximity with the ocean, the city receives all four seasons with regularity – making it a temperate climate during the entire year. The two main products which are associated with the city of Geelong are the Ford Motor Company Australia and the Cats – a local football club.

Upcoming Races

Group 1

Queensland Derby

(2400m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Stradbroke Handicap

(1400m)

Eagle Farm

$1,000,000

Hcp

Group 1

The TJ Smith

(1600m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

2YO SW

Group 1

Winter Stakes

(1400m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

WFA

Group 1

Queensland Oaks

(2400m)

Eagle Farm

$400,000

3YO SW

History of horse racing

A brief history of Geelong suggests that Governor Richard Burke was the person who named the city of Geelong after the region of Jillong – the word meant a piece of land which was surrounded by cliffs, explaining the geographic position of the city. It’s prominence to the world map was brought into the foray in 1838 when the first survey of the area was conducted. Since then, there has been no looking back.

The trading of the wool industry became an important source of income for the residents of Geelong – the port was exclusively used to trade wool. Thus, the influx of investment also brought along a number of migrant workers and traders from all over the region – shoring up the population to 22, 000 people in the 1850’s. As wool mills started to be setup in the region, other industries in Geelong city started to develop as well. The manufacturing sector along with the paper mills were soon established – rivalling the city with the likes of Sydney, Melbourne and Hobart in terms of economic potential.

Due to the rising potential of the Geelong area, the region was proclaimed a city in the year 1910. Since that time, the industrial development of the region took a sharp increase which continued till the year 1960 when the city had become famous for manufacturing products and goods for not only the region but the entire country. Thus this concept of being the best manufacturing city attracted thousands of migrant workers from other parts of the city.

Not only did they come, but more people and their families started to use this economic potential of Geelong for their own purposes – propelling the population of the city to a 100, 000. Although the economic potential has reached a certain climax of sorts, the manufacturing sector is completely saturated and performing its functions well – thus the influx of labour has decreased some what. Still, Geelong is the 12th biggest city by population in Australia and has a higher growth rate than any other city in the country.

The effects of this economic boom also fell on the other industries and horse racing was one of them. Horse racing in Geelong has been practiced since a very long time. The first race between the horses in the city was conducted in the year 1841 – which was a two horse race. The formulation of the Geelong Racing Committee lead to a firm footing for the sport in the region – which called on for regular meeting so that trials can be conducted. It was in the year 1944 when the first official meeting was held, and the racecourse was restructured so that more length was available to the horses.

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After the extension, the race course measured 300 yards which promoted the sport in the entire city of Geelong. This course was known as the Portarlington course which is still a scenic place to visit. Later in the year 1849, more land was brought to form the Marshalltown racecourse which was the latest facility of horse racing in Geelong. The Geelong racecourse had to face a number of difficulties due to natural calamities and flooding which had resulted in a lot of losses for the club.

The St Patrick’s Day Celebration was another important day for the Geelong Racing Club which marked it in March, 1908. This was the first time that a horse race was conducted on a completely new ground which was not prepared at all. Today, the Geelong Racing Club has state of the art facilities such as the Briseis Function Centre which are more popularly known as the Silk Rooms. Many other functions can be conducted in the facility, which has both style and sophistication.

With a wonderful view of the course with glassed walls, the Silk Room is another attraction for the punters and gamblers visiting the site. Full size dance floors also welcome the people from where one can easily see the races at the same time – now this is called luxury at its best. There are very few parking problems for the visitors and full equipped kitchens are made available at the course so that people can make fresh food for themselves. It’s a completely air conditioned stadium – so the weather won’t pose any serious threats to the entire event.

No matter what the needs of the customers are, the Geelong Racing Club has the ability to cater to everyone. More and more online punters are focusing their betting attention on the Geelong races due to the excitement and thrills. Relax at home or even take a break from work and place a punt online. Find an online bookmaker who is taking bets on the Geelong races and watch your winning wagers come home.