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The New South Wales town of Binnaway, on the Castlereagh River, lies in the central western region of the state, some 35 kilometres south of Coonabarabran. The town developed around land owned by Charles Naseby in 1869, and was named Binnaway from the Aboriginal for ‘peppermint tree’. Today the small town has a population of about 600 inhabitants, but does have its own successful racecourse, hosting a meeting in late April or early May, when the principal race is the Binnaway Cup over 1300 metres. The earliest record of racing being mentioned in the town was in March 1915 when a public meeting was called to discuss the possibility of holding meetings in future. By December 1915 the Binnaway Amateur Race Club was formed, and volunteers were invited to clear a course in preparation for an inaugural meeting in January 1916. That first meeting was staged on 18th January 1916 with detailed results shown below.

Local Patrons Binnaway Jockey Club, Binnaway Amateur Race Club
Principal Races Binnaway Cup, Binnaway Handicap, Ulinda Handicap, Binnaway Memorial Hall Club Cup

Tuesday 18th January 1916
Binnaway Handicap over 7 furlongs

1. High Peak (Evens)
2. Gold King (4/6 fav)
2 ran
Other results from the inaugural meeting were:-
Hawthorn Handicap:-Granstone 2/1
Bogadah Handicap:- Mostyn King 4/6 fav
Ulinda Handicap:- Zens 1/2 fav

The next year the meeting, now an annual event, was staged on Thursday 10th May 1917 under the auspices of Mr McCulloch the Stipendiary Steward.
Binnaway Opening Handicap over 6 furlongs
1. Glower 4/1
2. Budgery Boy
3. High Peak
4. Glaxis
5. Gowang
Binnaway Handicap over 7 furlongs
1. Bonnie Meranga 2/1
2. Glower
3. High Peak
4. Gowang
Ulinda Handicap over 6 furlongs
1. Budgery Boy 1/3 fav
2. Cooee Boy
3. Hamrock

Race meetings continued to be held once a year, the principal races being the Binnaway Handicap and Ulinda Handicap, until 1930 when the Binnaway Jockey Club organised a meeting.
Wednesday 15th January 1930
Castlereagh Handicap over 7 furlongs

1. Dreamer (7/2) ridden by Foley
2. Hazelmere ridden by Lloyd
3. Eugenine ridden by Quinn
8 ran
Thursday 16th January 1930
Binnaway Jockey Club Handicap 7 furlongs

1. Nilrag (8/1) ridden by Pennell
2. Quiet Night ridden by Keegan
3. Errol ridden by Campbell
7 ran

However, in 1934 racing was overseen by the Binnaway Memorial Hall Amateur Turf Club when the Binnaway Memorial Hall Club Cup over 10 furlongs was introduced.
1934 Binnaway Memorial Hall Club Cup over 10 furlongs was won by Taloonbar (4/6 fav) owned by Mr V G Tucker and ridden by Moore, beating Traymobile (3/1) and Gunningbar (3/1) 4 ran

Today the Binnaway Jockey Club administer the race meetings, although it has a very close working relationship with the Coonabarabran Jockey Club.
Recent Winners of the Binnaway Cup
(A list of earlier winners is available on request)
2009 The Binnaway Cup (£3,500) over 1300 metres was won by Best On Board (5/2) trained by Geoff O’Brien and ridden by Timothy Bell, beating Mr Music and Faux Pas 7 ran
2010 The Binnaway Cup (£3,500) over 1300 metres was won by Beetoo ridden by Collen Thurston, beating Best On Board and Boldman 6 ran
2011 The Binnaway Cup (£3,500) over 1300 metres was won by Tollado (11/10 fav) trained by Arthur Craig and ridden by Ken Dunbar, beating War On Everything and Neigh Then 4 ran
2012 The Binnaway Cup (£3,500) over 1300 metres was won by Eureka Joh (13/8 fav) trained by Brett Thompson and ridden by Hannah Martin, beating Rhodonite and Rioqualo 8 ran
2013 The Binnaway Cup (£4,080) over 1300 metres was won by Studio Star (7/4 fav) trained by Sue Grills and ridden by C Hodges, beating Distillery and Azarax 8 ran
2014 The Binnaway Cup (£4,080) over 1300 metres was won by Azarax (13/2) trained by Rodney Robb and ridden by Kody Nestor, beating I Love Legs and Centabeel 6 ran
2015 The Binnaway Cup (£4,080) over 1270 metres was won by Magic Poet (6/1) trained by Sue Grills
2016 The Binnaway Cup meeting was abandoned
2017 The Binnaway Cup (£4,080) over 1270 metres was staged on Saturday 29th April and was won by Magic Poet (6/1) trained by Sue Grills and ridden by Sophie Young, beating Sambora and Belfrey Bat 11 ran

Course today The racecourse continues to run successfully.
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