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The New South Wales town of Ardlethan lies in the Coolamon Shire area of the state at the intersection of two highways, the Newell Highway and the Burley Griffin Way. The town originally came to prominence in the 19th century after gold was discovered, although that period of its history was brief. The town has its own racecourse, on the banks of Mirrool Creek in Warri, which stages a single race meeting annually each March, with racing administered by the Ardlethan Picnic Racing Club. The inaugural meeting at the track was held in March 1960, while today the principal race is the Ardlethan Picnic Cup.

Local Patrons Ardlethan Cup
Principal Races Ardlethan Picnic Cup

However, the Ardlethan Cup was contested prior to this date with the February 1927 running going to Miss Netta owned by Mr S Dacey. A year later a well-publicised meeting took place on Wednesday 22nd February 1928 when the programme comprised of:-
£12 Flying Handicap over 6 furlongs
£6 Handicap Maiden Plate over 4 furlongs
£8 Trial Stakes over 5 furlongs
£15 Ardlethan Picnic Cup over 7 furlongs
£5 Hack Handicap over 4 furlongs
£12 President’s Handicap over 5 furlongs

Course today The races continue to be run successfully today.
If you have photos, postcards, racecards. badges, newspaper cuttings or book references about the old course, or can provide a photo of how the ground on which the old racecourse stood looks today, then email

ISBN 978-0-9957632-0-3

652 pages

774 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-1-0

352 pages

400 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-2-7

180 pages

140 former courses

ISBN 978-0-9957632-3-4

264 pages

235 former courses

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