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Reconnecting at the Races

Reconnecting at the Races

Reconnecting at the Races

Horse racing has been held at Dederang since 1865, but Saturday’s picnic races is perhaps the most keenly anticipated yet.

With COVID impacting sport and community events, President of Dederang Race Club Marcus Goonan says the Kiewa River Valley community is particularly looking forward to reconnecting.

“It’s really highlighted this year by the fact that the football season didn’t get off the ground and the cricket season has certainly been affected,” Marcus told Kylie and Kev.

“Sport is a really big thing in some of these smaller country communities. The Recreation Reserve supports seven different sporting clubs, which is really significant for a small town like ourselves for the community and connection.”

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The club has managed to retain popular race-day favourites such as fashions on the field, the Dederang mile foot race and the tug of war. While other quirks of the unique racetrack remain in play.

“The track is famous for two things – its uphill straight and the fact that the caller makes the same remark every year as the horses go around and out of sight behind the Dederang trees,’ Marcus explained.

“The caller does lose them for a good 200 metres down the back straight, but as with all clubs we’ve had to do a lot of work on that. Now we have stewards set up on the other side so jockeys can’t do anything they’re not supposed to.”

Tickets are available via the Country Racing Victoria website

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