Onkaparinga 1975.JPG (16553 bytes) OAKBANK RACECOURSE  
The racecourse at Onkaparinga is situated at Oakbank, near Adelaide, in the state of South Australia and can boast a history which can be traced back to 1876. Racing is administered by the Oakbank Racing Club, currently chaired by John Glatz, and the Onkaparinga Racing Club have also organised meetings in the area.
  It holds 3 meetings annually, one in March and the Saturday and Monday of Easter weekend, and regularly attracts crowds in excess of 45,000.


The principal race is the Great Eastern Steeplechase run over a gruelling 4950 metre course which was first contested in 1876 when Tormentor was victorious. It has always been run at Oakbank except during World War II when switched firstly to Victoria Park and then to Morphetville.
  A number of horses have gained back to back wins in the great race, beginning in 1877 and 78 with Darkie, Tramp in 1913 and 1915 during the Great War and, more recently Light Hand in 1995 and 1996. In the most recent renewal in 2009 Pentacolo was successful.


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