Dungog Jockey Club & Race Track

Dungog Jockey Club & Race Track

Featured Image: The grandstand at the Dungog Race Club track taken from the website below.

The Wirragulla Polo Club hosted an outstanding carnival at its home ground, Jock and Jenni Mackay’s ‘Tabbil’ Creek, Dungog on the week end Saturday 14/Sunday 15 September 2019.

https://www.facebook.com/Wirragulla-Polo-Club-452091834877759/

My spouse Sarah presented the inaugural ‘Panzer Trophy’ for the champion C-Grade pony in honour of her late father Bob Mackay and his champion polo pony and sire. This was a genuine ‘home-coming’ for Sarah who was raised initially at Tabbil Creek.

http://sconevetdynasty.com.au/panzer-foundation-sire/

It tweaked my fervent interest that the same ground also hosted the Dungog Jockey Cub Races during the later 1890s and throughout the first few decades of the 1900s. ‘Mine host’ was the inaugural pioneer John Kenneth Mackay and the next generation eponymous J K Mackay who passed away in 1949. I discovered an excellent heritage resume on a NSW government website:

https://www.dungog.nsw.gov.au/sites/dungog/files/public/34.%20Grandstand%20Racetrack%20and%20Polo%20Fielda.pdf

This describes it all in some detail. I have plagiarized one of the photographs in my ‘Featured Image”; which I am wont to do.

Further references to Dungog Races are found in the trove reports:

Dungog Jockey Club 29 December 1894

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/14011279

Dungog Jockey Club 16 December 1890

https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/13799584