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The Tynong Racetrack

Written by Annie O'Riley ( on May 14, 2012

This is an interesting article describing Tynong and it’s horse racing track in 1887. The Pakenham Racing Club will be building a new facility in Nar Nar Goon- very close to this original track.

Published in the South Bourke and Morninton Journal on the 23rd of March 1887.


The annual meeting of the above races was held last Thursday on the course in Mr. Pharoah’s paddock. about a mile from the Tynong railway station. The weather was beautifully fine, and the various events on the card brought forth some very good stock. The course is situated in the midst of a large forest of timber and for miles round nothing can be seen except for trees and baynot grass. The course itself is not one of the grandest and one glance was sufficient to show the most casual observer that it was anything but perfection. The grass on the course was about three feet long, and every three or four yards were to be seen small holes which would greatly endanger both horses and riders. Another grand oversight was the hurdles, which were bordered by huge fences and roughly split timber, enough to intimidate the most undaunted animal from jumping.”

The article goes on to describe the horses and the race.