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The New South Wales town of Young lies on the South West Slopes of the state and enjoys good transport links with the rest of the country, being on the Olympic Highway which means it is less than a 2 hour drive to the capital Canberra. The region was originally inhabited by the Wiradjuri people prior to the first European settlers arriving in 1826 when James White established his Burrangong Station in 1826. The town developed rapidly in the mid-1860s and is named after Sir John Young, a governor of the state. The town also enjoys the benefit of its own Toompang Racecourse, located about 3 miles from the town centre, where racing is generally staged twice a year. The Young Turf Club holds its annual meeting on the third Saturday in May when the highlight of the card is the Young Cup over 1600 metres. However, the region of Burrangong, directly west of Young, combines with the town to host a Picnic Race meeting in October when the six race card features the Burrangong Picnic Race Cup over 1400 metres which is traditionally held on the first Saturday in October.

Local Patrons Young Turf Club
Principal Races Burrangong Picnic Race Cup

Recent winners of the Young-Burrangong Picnic Cup
(A full list of winners is available on request)

2009 Young-Burrangong Picnic Cup ($3,150) over 1400 metres was won by La Vedette (5/1) trained by Tricia Anderson and ridden by Mr R Anderson, beating Rusty Toy and Seekadance 5 ran
2010 Young-Burrangong Picnic Cup ($3,150) over 1400 metres was won by Rollango (5/4 fav) trained by David Blundell and ridden by Ashley Boyd, beating Poker Pro and Don Shazan 5 ran
2011 Young-Burrangong Picnic Cup ($3,360) over 1400 metres was won by Street Twoforty (100/30) trained by Trevor Sutherland and ridden by Mr R Blewitt, beating Amerrybridge and Regal Fraz
2012 Young-Burrangong Picnic Cup ($3,500) over 1400 metres was won by Elusive Shadow (12/1) trained Debbie Prest and ridden by Rebeka Prest, beating The Ringleader and Soswarj 7 ran
2013 Young-Burrangong Picnic Cup ($3,500) over 1400 metres was won by Port Solitaire (15/8 fav) trained by Kevin Higgins and ridden by Blake Ryan, beating Elusive Shadow and Rite of Honour 4 ran
2014 Young-Burrangong Picnic Cup ($3,500) over 1400 metres was won by Partexpectation (4/1) trained by Trevor Sutherland and ridden by Tim Phillips, beating Boralyn and Padstow Bay 8 ran
2015 Young-Burrangong Picnic Cup ($3,500) over 1400 metres was won by Sergeant Bilko (5/1) trained by Mark Cummins and ridden by Billy Owen, beating Damysus and The Boondock Saint 4 ran
2016 Young-Burrangong Picnic Cup was not contested
2017 Young-Burrangong Picnic Cup ($3,400) over 1400 metres was won by Liabilityadjuster (2/1) trained by Doug Gorrel and ridden by Samara Johnson, beating Malleable and Mr Burns 5 ran

Course today The racecourse continues to operate very successfully.
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774 former courses

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400 former courses

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140 former courses

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235 former courses

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