Moorefield  Racecourse Kogarah

Kogarah  once had a racecourse . Its story is soon to be told by Anne  Field  in an online publication. A hard copy  of Anne’s book   titled , Moorefield Racecourse Kogarah  (1888-1951)  will be released at a later date.

Anne aims to launch her online book  on July 14 , 2016 at James Cook Boys High School , Kogarah, Sydney. This launch will be an important historical occasion, as it will be 65 years to the date of the last Moorefield race meeting. This  meeting was transferred from Canterbury Racecourse  to Moorefield  Racecourse.

Moorefield  racecourse had a 9 hole golf course in the middle of the course and  the 9 holes were played twice by the members of Kogarah Golf Club.

Some jockeys, who rode at Moorefield, were in fact international jockeys. They  went on  to ride  in Ceylon , India, Singapore, Ireland and in England. In the 1950’s, a boat journey to Ceylon would take 6 weeks.

Cavedweller was the Moorefield specialist, who held  course records until the course closed.  His defeat of the 1929 Melbourne Cup winner, Nightmarch  in  1930 , in the 10 furlong Autumn Handicap,  was legendary. Some of  the  other significant horses ,who also  raced at Moorefield were  Brazier, Magnificent , Grey Nurse,  Columnist, Nizam’s   Ring, Formosa, Journalist  Grey Boots and  Hiraji , trained by Jim Mc Curley, won the 1947 Melbourne Cup .

Moorefield had its personalities whether they be ,golfers , local residents, jockeys or trainers . The local school boys knew the stormwater channel, which passed under the race course  fence and ended up at a grating . It was then possible for them  to sneak out into the race day  crowd .

A jockeys strike took place at  Moorefield  on November 29, 1930. The jockeys refused to ride when the field numbered 22 horses. They claimed that it was unsafe. This action was the forerunner of limits being imposed on the size of  race fields .

There are photos, maps, sections of Moorefield Race books, newspaper articles as well as many anecdotes in Anne’s book .  A list of all the Moorefield Racecourse meetings will be included in the hard copy .

An important part of our horse racing history will finally be recorded with  Anne’s  work . Kogarah’s social history will be added to with this colourful story of our past .

Anne Field

March  17  2016


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