Orange Races

The Orange Races are held on a country race track in the New South Wales town of Orange. Orange is approximately 250 kilometres from Sydney and 283 kilometres from Canberra.

The town itself has a population of around 38,000; while its outlying areas means that it supports a population of around 100,000. This adds to the vibrancy and buzz of the region. Although a small town and country atmosphere, you will find that the Orange races match the thrill and excitement of any large race meet. Opportunities for both the serious punter and race goer looking for fun abound. You cannot afford to dismiss the Orange races from your racing calendar.Orange Races

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The Orange Race Club

The Orange Races are held by the Golden West Race Club. The name of the race track where the Orange Races take place is Towac Park. The track itself is located about three kilometres from the centre of Orange. Significant renovation of the track occurred in 2000. It is now known as a spacious course, with a longer straight and a smooth wide turn.

Upcoming Races

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

Doomben Cup

(2020m)

Doomben

$500,000

3YO & Up WFA

Group 1

Queensland Oaks

(2400m)

Eagle Farm

$400,000

3YO SW

Group 1

Queensland Derby

(2400m)

Eagle Farm

$500,000

3YO SW

The Golden West Race Club also manages the Tyers Park racecourse in Bathurst.

The Orange Races will be held on the following dates in the 2009/2010 calendar: 19th June 2009; 28th September 2009; Melbourne Cup on the 3rd November 2009; 27th November 2009; 2nd January 2010; The Orange Picnic Races 30th January 2010; The Orange Cup 28th March 2010; The Colour City Cup 9 April 2010; and, the 7th May 2010.

The highlights of the Orange club meets are the Orange Cup and the Orange Picnic Races. The Orange Cup is over a distance of 2100 metres. The Orange Picnic Races is a highlight for both punters and the Orange community. A six race program, the punter is assured of quality racing action.

The Towac Park Racecourse

Establish in 1870, Towac Park is an icon around the Orange district. So much so that the timber grandstand, the pavilion and its entry are heritage listed in the Local Environment Plan 2000. Towac Park and the Orange Races have been a cultural part of the Orange community. Now recognised as such, Towac Park has played a big part in the social fabric of Orange.

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The Orange races are well worth the attention of the serious punter. A country meet in the New South Wales town of Orange, the highlights are the Orange Cup, the Orange Picnic Races and the Melbourne Cup Meet. The races and the track on which they are held – Towac Park – form an iconic part of the town. So legendary in fact, that part of the Park is heritage listed. For the punter, you can not get a more quality race meet than the Orange Races.