It was in 1840 that W C wentworth made his land available so that like minded wealthy people could take part in subscription races. The course was laid out at Homebush and the inaugural meeting took place in March 1841.
  The meeting was important in the history of Australian racing because the first St Leger was contested by just 3 runners, with Eleanor winning. The horse was owned by Richard Rouse and claimed the 200 sovereign first prize.  
The 1847 St Leger was won by Whalebone which was owned by John Tait, a publican from Bathurst. He later went on to win 2 further St Legers and 4 Melbourne Cups, including The Barb.
  The track was used continuously by the AJC until 1860 when they transferred their meets to Randwick.


If you have badges, racecards, pictures of the racecourse or further details about the course, including your memories, then email johnslusar@fsmail.net