King Island Races...

"Where the SURF

meets the TURF"

KIRC Updates

as per 11th January 2022

King Island Racing Club 130th Year Season has been cancelled due to COVID 19 on King Island

Below is the statement issued by Tasracing Australia today

Following a decision to cancel the King Island race meeting on Saturday 8 January because of an increase in the number of COVID cases on the island, race meetings for Saturday 22 January (King Island Cup), 29January and 5 February have also been cancelled.

Tasracing CEO Paul Eriksson said the current level of COVID cases on the island was a key consideration.

“The King Island Racing Club was also very concerned about the risks associated with hosting the remaining three race meetings,” he said.

“Given the current risk for people travelling to King Island, public health advice and the racing club’s own position, Tasracing has cancelled the remainder of the King Island racing season.”

Mr Eriksson said looking forward, the health of stewards, jockeys and staff travelling to King Island for the race meetings was a factor in Tasracing’s deliberations

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“A COVID issue in the stewards’ ranks would place the rest of the summer carnival at some risk which we obviously want to minimise as much as possible,” he said.

Mr Eriksson said stakes from the cancelled King Island race meetings would be used to pay subsidies to King Island trainers who had animals in work at 1 January 2022 on the island for the race meetings.

“These payments are important for local trainers,” he said.

“Just as important is an early decision that will allow trainers to turn their horses out for the rest of the season.”

Race meetings at Scottsdale (7 January) and at Burnie (23 January) that were postponed because of COVID concerns will be run at a later date.

Mr Eriksson said Tasracing was in discussions with the relevant clubs regarding new dates which will be announced as soon as they were finalised.

14 August 2020

WE HAVE A GROUP!

King Island Racing Club now have a Facebook group that is accessible to all those that are interested in horse racing on King Island. 

This group is for all including racegoers, trainers, jockeys, sponsors and all those that enjoy mingling in the crowd at the races to post their photos or stories relating to our unique race club here on King Island.

The Facebook group can be found here!

Major Sponsors 2020/2021

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Welcome to the
King Island Racing Club

 

Country racing always has a story to tell, but none like King Islands. Situated in the middle of the Western Entrance to Bass Strait. The King Island Racing Club Incorporated should logistically not have survived over 125 years of racing.


In 1892 the winner's cheque was paid in wallaby skins, a form of currency in those days, the jockeys were predominately the owner, his son or worker for the owner.

These days, they fly in the stewards, jockeys and bookmakers. The drivers for the Pacing are local owners/trainers.

Every September, as the sun unfolds over Bass Strait, it is not just the dairy farmers that are out and about, 80 odd horses are in work, preparing for the summer racing carnival.

Rather uniquely, King Island's race programs are dual code; a mix of gallops and pacers which both race on the one mile grass track. A number of clubs throughout the world could lay claim to staging dual meets, but it is unlikely many of them would have them both running on grass.

The main thrust of King Island Racing is having fun. Always has been, always will be. Our race club would not have survived the past century if racegoers didn't have one helluva good time!

Southern Airlines Fly-In day is the last race day on our calendar, why not come, see what all the fuss is about.

Check out the winners on our Facebook page!
Corporate Sponsors
2021 -2022

The King Island Racing Club would like to thank all Corporate Sponsors for their generous support over our last season's 2020/2021 racing carnival.


Corporate Sponsors for 2021/2022 Season:

Please be patient, as everything has been up in the air this year regarding jockey availability, Covid etc, the sponsors will be added  ASAP

Please also note, due to circumstances beyond our control there will only be 6 Race Day meets this season

WATCH THIS SPACE

  • RACE DAY 1 - BOXING DAY
     

  • RACE DAY 2 - KING ISLAND BEEF DAY
     

  • RACE DAY 3 - KING ISLAND MARITIME DAY
     

  • RACE DAY 4 - KING ISLAND CUP / LADIES DAY
     

  • RACE DAY 5 - KING ISLAND RECREATIONAL DAY
     

  • RACE DAY 6 -  FLY IN DAY

A very BIG THANK YOU to our weekly Sponsors and Supporters including Carlton United Breweries, Jim McKenzies Agencies, King Island Laundry Mat, King Island Club, King Island Airlines, King Island Coach Company, Sno's Bus Services, King Island Australia Post & Newsagency, King Island Distillery, Bellevue Advisors, King Island Vets, Harbour Road Cafe, The Whitemans, Howie Culph, Duncan Dornauf, Racing Services Tasmania, Racing Victoria, TasRacing and all our wonderful and dedicated volunteers that help make our racing season a success!

New Sponsors
are always welcome...!
 

COME AND SPONSOR!

Please contact us if you're interested in
sponsoring a race for this upcoming
2021/22 season.

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Entry Fees

Tickets can be purchased upon entry by our lovely volunteers from the Lions Club of King Island who will be at the entry checkpoint on Race Course Road to take payment and assign tickets for entry.

Tickets per Race Day:

$10 Adults, $5 Concessions and children under 16 FREE.

Races kick off on Race Days at approximately 12:30pm.

Things to see and do on King Island

King Island is anchored in the middle of the Bass Strait between Victoria and Tasmania’s North West coast.

 

Surrounded by some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches, King Island imports the world’s best surfers and exports produce sought by the world’s top chefs.

 

Succulent beef, rich gourmet cheeses, mutton birds, crayfish and abalone plucked from the island’s crystal clear waters are but some of the known and sought after delicacies you can enjoy on your visit.

 

While the prospect of unwinding in this quiet, peaceful paradise may be what attracts our visitors it is the people they meet while here who encourage their return.

 

King Islanders are unbelievably friendly and welcoming while also blunt and funny. If you want prissy go elsewhere.

 

If you want pristine come to King Island.

Visit the link below to locate contact information for accommodations, car rentals, shopping, dining and tours on our beautiful King Island.

http://www.kingisland.org.au/

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