King Island Races...

"Where the SURF

meets the TURF"

KIRC Updates

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!

23 January 2021

RACE SEASON PHOTOS​

For those that are interested in purchasing photos for this seasons races including finishing shots please contact Michael Laskey from Michael Laskey Photography who will be able to organise digital copies or prints for you. Please find Michael's contact details on the Contact Us page.

28 January 2021

 

OFFICIAL RACE DATES

2021/22 Race Season

OFFICIAL TRIAL DAY - 
20 Nov 2021

LADIES AND TRADIES DAY -
4 Dec 2021

KING ISLAND BEEF DAY - 
18 Dec 2021

BOXING DAY - 
26 Dec 2021

CUP DAY -
1 Jan 2022

KING ISLAND RECREATIONAL DAY - 
15 Jan 2022

MARITIME DAY - 
22 Jan 2022

SOUTHERN AIRLINES FLY IN DAY - 
29 Jan 2022

30 January 2021

POSITION VACANT:
PUBLISHING EDITOR

 

Position is currently open for a creative and passionate person to take on the role of Publishing Editor for the King Island Racing Club to be in charge of editing, managing and publishing the race clubs media accounts, website and seasonal race books. 

 

If you feel that this role speaks to you and are interested in giving it a go, please contact the race club President Audrey Hamer or the race club Secretary Heather Archer via the Contact Us page.

1 February 2021

CALLING ALL SPONSORS!
 

Sponsorship is now open for the upcoming 2021/22 Race Season! If you feel that you are able to support our little unique race club by sponsoring a race or race day, please do not hesitate to contact us! We need you to help keep our races alive and going and thank you for your interest and support!

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
2020 -2021

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 2020/2021 Season:

  • RACE DAY 1 - LADIES & TRADIES DAY
    J & S Muir Memorial, Howie Culph, King Island Stockfeeds, Manuka Properties, Tasmanian Horse Transport, LD Hamer Memorial Bracelet and King Island Motors. Also a special mention to the Fashions on the Field Sponsors including Jimmy & Sue Taylor, Emma Hutchison Hair, Howie Culph, Peter & Val Chivers, Harcourts King Island, Bass Strait Veterinary, King Island Stockfeeds, Elle's Beef n Reef Cafe, King Island Distillery and Finn Health and Beauty

  • RACE DAY 2 - KING ISLAND BEEF DAY
    Waverley Station, TasRacing Australia, Hodge Transport, Elders Rural Services, TRT Pastoral, JBS Australia and King Island Beef Group

  • RACE DAY 3 - BOXING DAY
    King Island Distillery, VT & GV Hill Memorial, Bellevue Advisors, Eastern Line Shipping, JJ & PI Keys Memorial, King Island Motors and View Dining

  • RACE DAY 4 - CUP DAY
    King Island Hotel, King Island Foodworks, MF Best, RN Morrison Memorial, Jim Alexander Memorial, Jim McKenzie Agencies, Carlton United Breweries and King Island Bakehouse

  • RACE DAY 5 - KING ISLAND RECREATIONAL DAY
    Tom Wilshire Memorial, Maurice Long, Harcourts King Island, S'épanouir, King Island Dairy/Saputo Dairy Australia and G & A Morris Farm Services

  • RACE DAY 6 - MARITIME DAY
    Hardings Hotmix, William Adams CAT, TasPorts Corporation, Ern Chitts Bracelet, King Island Coach Company, K.A.M.P.S. (Kevin, Andrew, Mark, Peter and Shane) Cray Fishermen and Channel J

  • RACE DAY 7 - VORTEX FLY-IN DAY
    Bruce & Betty Clarke Memorial, Monty Fields, King Island Council, MacKenzie / Clarke Memorial, Vortex Air, TasFast Airfreight and Newmans Home Furnishings

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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