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.
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