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Mansfield Racetrack
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185 km north east of Melbourne, access via tha Maroondah or Midland Hwys. Access the Mansfield Travel Map and to "Get Directions" click the icon on the map.

Track is slightly undulating but with no severe slopes. Track is well grassed and quite even. The turns are slightly sloped to assist racing.

Distance to 1st turn
Race of 1100m - about 200m
Race of 1200m - about 300m
Race of 1600m - about 200m
Race of 1750m - about 350m
Race of 2000m - about 200m

History of Mansfield Racing
Mansfield district is Ned Kelly Country and its history is intertwined with horses and horse races. It lies at the gateway to some of Victoria's finest snowfields, at the foot of the high country, with all its romance and legend.
The area's first documented race was a two day meeting held in 1855 but these is sure to have been races before that time. In 1869 the Mansfield Jockey Club was formed with the first race, a two day meetings held in 1870 on a property named Flannery's Paddock. The club had no fixed abode and racing was conducted at a number of different sites in the area until 1930 when the Mansfield Jockey Club was awarded the present site on Benalla Road, hosting the first meeting on the new track in 1932. A name change in 1965 to Mansfield District Racing Club resulted when the Maindample Racing Club merged with Mansfield. At this time it was suggested that the new club run their six races a year at Benalla, 60 kilometres to the west, but this was strongly contested by members and locals and never enventuated.
Today the colourful country club host only two races each year, one a picnic race on Melbourne Cup day, but both are well received with good field and crowds attending . This is especially true of Mansfield Cup day held in December when the whole town joins in the party.
Mansfield is an attractive course, well grassed and defined by 70 year old elms and silver poplars. Modern facilities include an on-course totalisator, dining room and bar.

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