About the Moora Race Club

For over 100 years the Moora Race Club has been a part of the history and heritage of Australian Horse Racing. Horses are an integral part of the social fabric of Moora and there is perhaps no other occassion which conveys the spirit and character of country Australia as the ‘Call to the Post’ for a group of magnificent Thoroughbreds.  Moora is only 172km from the Perth CBD.

The Moora Race Club is now over 100 yrs old. Established in 1907 the early years were humble beginnings, but through good times and bad, the spirit, tenacity and persistence of the people of Moora (along with a handful of extraordinarily hard working, horse mad, fanatics aka The Committee) have kept Thoroughbred Racing and this very special day alive.

Moora Race Club Clubhouse

Attendance at the Moora Race Day has grown by leaps and bounds since it’s resurgence in 1993. Race Day is not only well supported by the local community, many patrons travel to Moora from the surrounding districts, and a large number of patrons travel from Perth and beyond especially for the event.

The Moora Races, held once a year in Spring, is established in the racing calendar with National TV and Radio coverage as a fully listed TAB meeting. Horse racing enthusiasts from all States and Territories are able to see, hear and punt on the Moora Races providing nationalwide exposure for sponsors and particularly race sponsors.

The Moora Cup is Moora Race Club’s Melbourne Cup equivalent and this day out provides a great combination of city fashion and country style with a great occasion for young and old.

The Moora Races provides a fun day for all with a special emphasis on being a family oriented affair. Race Day activities include a Fashions of the Field Parade for the ladies and gents with great prizes up for grabs. There are a host of events just for the kids too. There are full bar, food service, Tote facilities, and on course Bookmakers. Sponsors can entertain Clients, reward Employees in VIP areas or the member’s area or just experience the benefits of the special sponsor privileges with friends and family while enjoying the excitement and atmosphere of Thoroughbred Racing.

A Brief History of the Club

The Moora Race Club was established in 1907 – this is the first written history of the club.

The Bystino Grandstand, which is still in use today, was built in 1925 for 840 pounds, with seating for approximately 200 race goers. In the early years, the club had two meetings on a long weekend. Up to 60 horses would travel by rail from Midland and Perth. Many improvements have been made over the last few years to it’s running rail, mounting yard and grassed areas. In early 2009 a new jockey’s facility was built.

The club used to hold long weekend race meets with racing on Saturdays and Monday’s.  Up to 60 horses would come up to the club by train from Midland. On the Saturday night the race club would put on a glamorous ball and dance and was the hight of the social calendar.

In the 30’s they introduced trotting races, although the kind they rode not drove in buggies.  This didn’t however last long.

For many years they had 2 meetings a year, one in Autumn and one in Spring.  The Spring time meet has always been the main event holding the Moora Cup.

During these early years other towns near Moora also have race courses – Dandaragan, Waddington, Three Springs – none of these race courses exist today except for Moora.