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O.P. « 2009-Feb-10, 10:21 AM »
As a former 'young member' of the SAJC and a regular racegoer I will be making the effort to attend the last race meeting ever at Cheltenham.  Like most of us these days we do not need to leave the comfort of our own lounge rooms with foxtel and internet/phone betting to enjoy the races.  A day at the races for me now is used as a social gathering to catch up with friends and will be looking forward to the SAJC putting on a big day for the last Cheltenham race meeting.. 

Farewell to Cheltenham - 21st September 1895 - 21st February 2009
Be part of this historic event - the last ever race day at Cheltenham!
Cheltenham - 21st September 1895 - 21st February 2009

Cheltenham Park Racecourse has been a cornerstone of South Australian racing since 1895. The track has played an important part not only in local racing but the surrounding community for over 110 years.

Over the years legendary horses, jockeys, and trainers have plied their trade over its surface... but the time has come to say goodbye. Join past and present industry participants and racing fans as we gather on this historic day to farewell Cheltenham.

 


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« 2009-Feb-10, 10:31 AM Reply #1 »
Navajo

I've never been to the Cheltenham track but did manage to find a few winners there over thew years.

I suppose it seems to be the way of the future with more and more tracks or racing centres being closed down for what ever reason.

It's history will always be there ...long after the track has been bulldozed

Enjoy your last day there.  emthup

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« 2009-Feb-10, 12:43 PM Reply #2 »
Cheltenham is my favourite track in Adelaide (also only 10 mins away too).  From my understanding the track has been sold and a small part is to be dedicated as wetlands and the remainder will be used as new housing developements.  This only leaves us with Morphettville as a metro track with future upgrades planned for that track.  I will be getting together with some friends for a big social day and maybe even a punters club for the day so heres hoping I can go out with Cheltenham on a winning note.....  :biggrin:  

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« 2009-Feb-10, 12:57 PM Reply #3 »
Vic Park gonzo too ?

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« 2009-Feb-10, 01:00 PM Reply #4 »
Yep, Victoria Park is gone, the facilities and granstands were disgraceful and plans too revamp the course were knocked back by council so SAJC has wiped their hands of the track now.

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« 2009-Feb-10, 01:22 PM Reply #5 »

   Great track, as seemed to handle repeated racing' even heavy rain, the fence always held up...... GEE fancy carving up your assets and getting rid of your best track,  they really have let down their forebears these S.A administrators, i guess they failed on a lot of levels.........i remember being SHOCKED at their bookies 10 years ago.....turned out the clubs only wanted a few old bookies, no one could get a license.....of course that type approach ineveitably led to corporate bookies.................making it harder for racing returns...disgraceful really

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« 2009-Feb-10, 01:23 PM Reply #6 »
High rate of attrition there.....first of the metro racing areas to hit the wall.

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« 2009-Feb-10, 01:42 PM Reply #7 »
david hayes saw the writing on the wall by pulling out,and by doing that he put a few more nails in the SA racing coffin

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« 2009-Feb-10, 01:48 PM Reply #8 »
Bit sad really.

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« 2009-Feb-10, 02:33 PM Reply #9 »
Sad but it is a bit of a reality check for Aus racing in general.

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« 2009-Feb-10, 02:45 PM Reply #10 »
WA seems pretty healthy, courtesy mining boom no doubt, but there are no pokies  in the west are there? Those things have cut badly into racing.

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« 2009-Feb-12, 10:15 AM Reply #11 »
I'm a bit surprised and disappointed that the SAJC are not throwing open the gates for the last meeting at Cheltenham but I guess they are expecting a huge crowd and don't want to miss out on the opportunity to make a few bucks.

Picnic Hampers
$50 per person

Ploughmans Selection
Race Book per couple
Beverages available at the track (No BYO beverages)

BYO Picnic Rug or find a table
#Bookings Essential
*Minimum 6 people
Syndicated Hospitality OptionsTrackside Dining
Members $55 per person, Non Members $65 per person

Chefs Canapes
3 course meal
Glass of sparkling wine on arrival
Race book per person
Official Farewell to Cheltenham Marquee
$145 per person

3 course meal
5 Hour Premium beverage package of beer, wine and soft drinks
Race book per person
Committee Room
$99 per person

Gourmet Buffet Luncheon
5 hour delux beverage package of beer, wine and soft drink
All bookings less than 10 people will be located on shared tables.
Raceday General AdmissionPricing:

Adults 10.00
Concession $5.00
Children under 16 free
Bookings / More InformationFor bookings or more information on both private and syndicated hospitality packages please contact the SAJC Bookings Hotline on
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« 2009-Feb-20, 08:29 PM Reply #12 »
Just bumping this to the top again...Last day tomorrow

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Original Post 2009-Feb-10, 10:21 AM

As a former 'young member' of the SAJC and a regular racegoer I will be making the effort to attend the last race meeting ever at Cheltenham.  Like most of us these days we do not need to leave the comfort of our own lounge rooms with foxtel and internet/phone betting to enjoy the races.  A day at the races for me now is used as a social gathering to catch up with friends and will be looking forward to the SAJC putting on a big day for the last Cheltenham race meeting..

Farewell to Cheltenham - 21st September 1895 - 21st February 2009
Be part of this historic event - the last ever race day at Cheltenham!
Cheltenham - 21st September 1895 - 21st February 2009

Cheltenham Park Racecourse has been a cornerstone of South Australian racing since 1895. The track has played an important part not only in local racing but the surrounding community for over 110 years.

Over the years legendary horses, jockeys, and trainers have plied their trade over its surface... but the time has come to say goodbye. Join past and present industry participants and racing fans as we gather on this historic day to farewell Cheltenham.

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« 2009-Feb-20, 08:47 PM Reply #13 »
Tradition and history don't count for sh!t with these modern day racing admin. types ( Hello Bob !  :bye: ) and more's the pity.

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« 2009-Feb-20, 10:20 PM Reply #14 »
SA were the first to merge their Metropolitan Raceclubs and now two out of their three tracks are gone and they still pay $25k for a Sat Metro race. Doomben the next to go with the merger of the BTC and QTC followed by Canterbury and Warwick Farm after the merger of the STC and AJC. In Melbourne Sandown and MV will both eventually go.

We are selling the family farm to pay for our governing bodies incompetence.

Once upon a time racing in each state was run by one of the raceclubs, and then we introduced a new level of governing bodies which now want Metro clubs to merge so that they can rationalise everything.

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« 2009-Feb-20, 10:30 PM Reply #15 »
Selling the farm, and mostly due to the insanity of TAB privatisation.

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« 2009-Feb-21, 07:23 AM Reply #16 »
Im heading out to the last Cheltenham meeting today with a group of friends and family.  Lets see if I can back the last winner ever at Cheltenham. If i lose on the punt I might just have to knock the kids over to get on the bouncing castle or the pony rides..... :) :p

R8 No5 Rikbat

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« 2009-Feb-21, 07:57 AM Reply #17 »
What an imaginative name for the last race to be held on the track.

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« 2009-Feb-21, 08:43 AM Reply #18 »
Listening to the radio this morning, this may not be the last day.
Gawler will be out of action for a long time and the Morphetville re-development could take longer than expected.
There could be a shortage of tracks.

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« 2009-Feb-21, 08:46 AM Reply #19 »
They sound very well organized over there...  :nowink:

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« 2009-Feb-21, 08:47 AM Reply #20 »
What an imaginative name for the last race to be held on the track.


Geoff..it is named in honour of a very "famous" Australian....the Jolly Swagman in fact...

Andy sat
Andy watched
Andy waited till his billy boiled... :p

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« 2009-Feb-21, 08:50 AM Reply #21 »
  :lol:   :lol:

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« 2009-Feb-22, 09:36 AM Reply #22 »
The name of the second last race would have been far more appropriate as the name of the last race.

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« 2009-Feb-25, 06:53 PM Reply #23 »
The final race name was draw out of a hat of private corporate sponsors.  That bloke was involved in sponsoring the charles sturt hcp over the last 7 years (which is what he explained at the presentation).

The race club does has hold of the racecourse for a bit longer due to the surpreme court action that the local residents have against the government.  It was used for trials on Monday andwill be used for trials over the next few months.  The closure of Gawler for the upgrade is not a factor as its a provincial racetrack and its meetings have already been allocated elsewhere.  The inner track is due to be ready for anzac day at Morphettville.  Morphettville at this time of year is generally the main track except for easter and one or two other meetings between now and mid May (last year there were 4 meetings at Chelt between now and June on a Saturday).  Oakbank has taken an extra Saturday and there is one less meeting this year with the MM raceday no longer and that race moving to Adelaide Cup day.

The three clubs were amalgamated in 1975 when teh state government favoured that over turning Cheltenham into a training base only and moving races to Morphettville and Vic Park only.  In the 70s Adelaide racing was up there with the best in the country so merging did not detract in that way.  And if you do a search for Cheltenham racecourse on google you end up coming across the council public consultation for Vic Park and most of the respsonses were from the APPA comment sheets whatever they were (yes their leader Jim Daly has three responses when you go through them).  Some of them make interesting reading.

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« 2009-Feb-28, 04:28 PM Reply #24 »

Geoff..it is named in honour of a very "famous" Australian....the Jolly Swagman in fact...

Andy sat
Andy watched
Andy waited till his billy boiled... :p

Backed Andy Said at Sunny Coast   :biggrin:


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