Colac Now Home to the Colac Cup Again
Some 150 kilometres south-west of the city of Melbourne, and nestled on the southern shores of Lake Colac lies the town of Colac. The Colac Racecourse is merely three kilometres from the heart of the city and attracts many a visitor to this idyllic country horseracing venue. The racetrack is 1740 metres in circumference, and suited to all types of racehorse.
The stayers have the advantage down the back straight as this section is slightly uphill, but as the horses head for home, the 350 metre is downhill, and this gives the sprinters the upper hand. This knowledge is key when selecting a winner for the most prestigious event of the year in Colac, the Colac Cup. Being a test of the best stayers, this horse race is run over a distance of 2000 metres, and is a region-wide event scheduled for February each year.
A Racing Tradition
The Colac Turf Club has a long and proud tradition of racing in Colac, having been holding race meetings for over 152 years. Over and above the four popular and well-attended horse race meetings held there every year, the Colac Turf Club also operates as a registered and funded training venue. The Club currently has three full-time trainers who work on site at the club, as well as a number of off-site trainers who utilise the facilities that are available. The club has a very popular dining room that is for hire for private functions with a fully operation kitchen, bar and dance floor.
The Colac Turf Club recently also announced that the Australian Lamb Company Group will be the new naming rights sponsor to the 2016 Colac Cup. The race will be known as the Australian Lamb Company Group Colac Gold Cup. The Australian Lamb Company is one of the major employers in Colac with a 450-strong workforce, processing in excess of 40,000 lambs per week, mainly for the export market.
The 2016 Australian Lamb Company Group Colac Gold Cup will be run on Sunday February 14th.
Horseracing in Australia
Since man first domesticated horses there has been incentive to race them against each other. And as long as there has been racing around, there has been a myriad of horse racing betting. Now with the internet and all the gadgets available to surf it, the betting scene has become easier to use as well as more and more lucrative. Australia, flooded with great home country horse racing events like the Colac Cup, is blessed by a wealth of horse racing betting opportunities on a grand scale. A battle between the greatest horses around and their jockeys sets the online world ablaze and the winning is just a part of it, as most country venues like Colac ensure visiting punters have a complete tourist adventure with a host of accompanying activities planned around these colourful horse racing events.
The 2015 Colac Cup occasion was won by Scelto, who capped a triumphant return from injury with a tenacious win in the race, still called Mortimer Petroleum Colac Gold Cup which, due to the refurbishments being conducted at the Colac course was run over 2150m at Terang.