Racing dates back to 1862 when the Colac Turf Club was founded at Colac in the State of Victoria. Many starnge incidents have taken place at the track throughout its history. At the june 1904 meeting Black Lady was victorious only for the stewards to discover it was actually Grafina.
  Earlier, at the March 1889 meeting Native won a steeplechase although it missed out 4 jumps. The horse that came second had also failed to clear jumps so it was awarded to Native.

In the same year a horse won a race despite going inside course markers. The owner of the second refused to object because the winning owner was a good customer of his.

The area has a strong tradition for supporting racing. At one stage in early 1970 numbers dwindled and the racecourse was facing closure only to be given tremendous support by the locals to continue. Again in 1983 there was a move to limit racing to Saturday only, but once again local spirit and togetherness caused a change of mind.
  Its principal race is the Colac Gold Cup run each February. Also once a year the Colac St Pats Racing Club hold a meeting at the racecourse.


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