They're racing at Manangatang - then and now: 100 years on, a bush club is on a winner

Manangatang today – punters cheer the top hopes to the line.

Manangatang today – punters cheer the top hopes to the line.

ON Easter Monday, 1917, Manangatang held a horse racing meeting to raise money for construction of a local hall.

This weekend, 100 years of racing in the small Mallee town will be celebrated with the running of the annual Manangatang Cup, which over the decades has become one of the most popular meetings on the country racing calendar.

The town’s population, usually about 300, swells to about 3000 each year – with a record crowd expected for today’s centenary meeting.

The first meeting on April 9, 1917 was attended by more than 500 people and raised £100 – more than $9000 by today’s standards.

For more of this story, purchase your copy of Saturday's Sunraysia Daily 14/10/2017.To subscribe to our Digital Edition Click here

Smartphone
Tablet - Narrow
Tablet - Wide
Desktop