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The New South Wales town of Mungindi, on the Barwon River, lies in the Moree Plains Shire of the state on the border with Queensland. Despite having a population of about 600 the town has its own vibrant racecourse where racing is administered by the Mungindi Jockey Club. The highlight of the racing year is the Mungindi Cup over 1400 metres which is traditionally staged on the second Saturday in July. The Cup has a rich history having first been staged in May 1871 at Barwon River racecourse when the opening race of that meeting, the Maiden Plate, was won by Harlequin owned by Mr Cobb, beating Meteor and Tartar. This was followed by the Barwon River Plate over 1 ½ miles which went to Playboy owned by Mr Single. However, the highlight of the meeting was the inaugural running of the Mungindi Cup over 2 ¼ miles.

Local Patrons Mungindi Jockey Club
Principal Races Mungindi Cup

May 1871
Mungindi Cup (25 sovereigns and Cup) over 2 ¼ miles

1. Playboy owned by Mr Single
2. Fifty-Three owned by Mr Canvon
3. The Idea owned by Mr Grover
4. Harlequin owned by Mr Cobb
5. Meteor owned by Mr Adams

The next year the meeting was moved to July and resulted in the following feature race results:-
Maiden Plate (£25) over 1 ½ miles:- Jonathan owned by Mr Bailey beat Bokirs and Jet
Barwon River Plate (£20) over 1 ½ miles:- Playboy owned by Mr Huxley beat Who’d-have-thought-it and Reuben
Munginidi Handicap Cup (£35 and Cup) over 2 ¼ miles:- Jonathan owned by Mr Bailey beat Ranting Joe

Between the World Wars the state of the racecourse gradually deteriorated until in May 1937 there was an urgent need to carry out improvements. The Race Club endeavoured to raise the necessary money by means of a debenture. They required £1000 to remodel the racecourse, erect a grandstand and build a new pavilion. By 1938 they launched their ‘new racecourse’ when the Mungindi Gold Cup, now over 7 furlongs, was won by Dorrie Verde (5/4 fav) beating Blockie (6/1) and Realsay (4/1). The next year the Gold Cup, over 7 furlongs, went to Marie Clare (6/4 fav) owned by Mr J T Dawson and ridden by N Robinson, beating Recording (3/1) and Tiree (3/1).

Recent winners of the Mungindi Cup
(A full list of winners is available on request)

2008 Mungindi Cup ($3,850) over 1400 metres was won by Sven (Evens fav) trained by Cliff Beaton and ridden by Mr S Gaffaney, beating Gyarran and Newberry Wonder 4 ran
2009 Mungindi Cup ($3,850) over 1400 metres was won by Zod trained by E E Berger and ridden by Geoff Snowden, beating Sven and Peejaycee 9 ran
2010 Mungindi Cup ($3,850) over 1400 metres was won by Laertes (7/2) trained by Jackie Crompton and ridden by Bonnie Thompson, beating Willing Dancer and Nardoola Kid 7 ran
2011 Mungindi Cup ($3,850) over 1400 metres was won by Liberty Edition (9/4) trained by Jane Clement and ridden by Rachel Murray, beating Bang Clang Alang and Arakoon 8 ran
2012 Mungindi Cup ($5,500) over 1400 metres was won by Gold Buckle (9/1) trained by Peter Mills and ridden by Geoff Snowden, beating Cash In A Hurry and Zeeyajimi 9 ran
2013 Mungindi Cup ($5,500) over 1400 metres was won by Looped (5/1) trained by Wayne Oakenfull and ridden by Geoff Snowden, beating Shakes and Pipers Point 6 ran
2014 Mungindi Cup ($5,500) over 1400 metres was won by Tapakeg (4/7 fav) trained by Peter Sinclair and ridden by Terry Treichel, beating Big Bad Joel and Shakes 7 ran
2015 Mungindi Cup meeting was abandoned
2016 Mungindi Cup meeting was abandoned
2017 Mungindi Cup ($5,580) over 1400 metres was won by Hula Girl (7/4 fav) trained by Paddy Cunningham and ridden by Shane Arnold, beating Our Boy Danny and Local Hero 5 ran

Course today The racecourse continues to operate very successfully.
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