King Island Races...
"Where the SURF
meets the TURF"
14 August 2020
COVID 19 UPDATE
KI Racing at this stage will be proceeding. The committee still need to work through COVID issues eg., loss of Sponsorship and patron support.
15 August 2020
AGM MEETING UPDATE
Honourable Minister Jane Howlett accepted our invitation to attend our AGM along with her senior advisor Laura Eaton, John King and Tony Latham from Office of Racing Integrity, we thank them very much for their support and understanding of why we are so passionate to keep our club alive for season 2020/21 for the benefit of our KI community.
Thank you also to Tas Racing CEO Paul Eriksson for confirming to help us with extra support to enable us to continue.
Once again I would like to thank you all on behalf of our racing fraternity and our KI Community.
A special thank you to Matthew Archer for giving up his day to tour us around on his bus. I can highly recommend doing a tour in your spare time to learn more history of our beautiful Island.
22 October 2020
COURSE PHOTOGRAPHER UPDATE
This year we are thrilled to welcome our new course photographer Michael Laskey who will be capturing all the action shots for this Season! Welcome Michael!
Be sure to check out his current work on his Facebook page or purchase one of his works through his website!
13 November 2020
Hi all, very sorry it’s such late notice but we have had to change a couple race dates. Sincere apologies if you have already made arrangements hopefully you are able to make changes if need.
Dates that have moved is the Official Trial Day is now on the 28th of November and Ladies and Tradies Day is now on the 5tth of December 2020
13 November 2020
OFFICIAL RACE DATES
2020/21 Race Season
OFFICIAL TRIAL DAY -
28 Nov 2020
LADIES AND TRADIES DAY -
5 Dec 2020
KING ISLAND BEEF DAY -
12 Dec 2020
BOXING DAY -
26 Dec 2020
CUP DAY -
2 Jan 2021
KING ISLAND RECREATIONAL DAY -
9 Jan 2021
MARITIME DAY -
23 Jan 2021
VORTEX FLY IN DAY -
30 Jan 2021
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 Inc should logistically not have survived it's 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!
Vortex 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!
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.
The King Island Racing Club would
like to thank all Corporate Sponsors
for their generous support over our
last year's 2019/2020 racing carnival.
Corporate Sponsors for 2019/2020 Season:
RACE DAY 1 - EAT YOUR BEEF DAY
JBS Australia, Tom Wilshire Memorial, Hodge Transport, Elders Rural Services, Eat Group, KI Beef Producers Group & Maccallum Ritchie
RACE DAY 2 - LADIES & TRADIES DAY
J & S Muir Memorial, LD Hamer Memorial, King Island Motors, TRT Pastoral, King Island Coach Company, King Island Stockfeeds, King Island Racing Inc. & Dowling McCarthy Tyres
RACE DAY 3 - BOXING DAY
King Island Car Rental, King Island Club, VT & GV Hill Memorial, King Island Racing Club Inc., MF Best/RN Morrison Memorial, JJ Keys Memorial & Parers King Island Hotel
RACE DAY 4 - NEW YEARS / CUP DAY
Jim McKenzie Agencies, Boags, Bruce Clarke Memorial, Jim Alexander Memorial, King Island Racing Club Inc., Tasracing & King Island Bakehouse Pty Ltd
RACE DAY 5 - KING ISLAND DAIRY DAY
DSM Foods, SWA Water, Ascoat, Ecolab/Nalco, King Island Dairy/Social Club, Bluegum & Gowans Toyota
RACE DAY 6 - MARITIME DAY
Hardings Hotmix, King Island Foodworks, William Adams CAT, Tasports Corporation, Bass Island Line, King Island Seafood & ERN Chitts Bracelet
RACE DAY 7 - VORTEX FLY-IN DAY
Vortex Air. Monty/Fields & Noel Cunningham, Tasfast Airfreight, Newmans Home Furnishing, McKenzie/Clarke Memorial, Greenham & Channel J
* Available spaces for sponsorship
are always welcome...!
COME AND SPONSOR!
Please contact us if you're interested in
sponsoring a race for this 2020/21 season.