A Growing Club

Leading up to the 150th anniversary in 2015, the Albany Racing Club has undergone significant growth and improvements over the last decade and has received recognition for such within the industry. Since the launching of the Albany Racing Club in 1865 we have seen three tracks: the original track at Albany Highway; Centennial Oval from 1927 to 1975; and the present location at Percy Spencer Course on Roberts Road.

Our current track is used all year, and is registered with Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) as the training centre for the Great Southern region. A new Jockey and Administration building has been built with help from Royalties for Regions and the Minister’s Fund. Future upgrades are planned for general public facilities. Locals and regular visitors alike appreciate the changes we are making, and show their support by attending various functions and feature events throughout the year. Our facilities include a members’ pavilion with dedicated TOTE and bar, public TOTE and bar, local bookmakers, plenty of public areas, function area and cafe–restaurant all set in Australian bush surrounds. Racing in Albany continues to grow and this is demonstrated in a number of ways, for example our on course income has grown 16% since last year and the off course by 21%. We are home to some first rate trainers and horses and this is supported by their successes at the metropolitan and provincial racing clubs. Trainers travel from Albany to promote our club and it is exciting to see the number of out of town trainers who now race horses in Albany. Our facilities allow a winning partner much more than just an enjoyable season of racing, with access to hospitality areas and car parking and provide an ideal opportunity for networking and creating new friends and business contacts.

Our Season

Fourteen race meetings are held at the club throughout the racing season, running from November  through to May. Our first meeting of the season will promote a charity and local business supporters join together with their friends, colleagues and industry peers to make this a successful fundraising day.  Boxing Day is the day when approximately 10% of the Albany public join us on course to relax after Christmas with friends and family.

Mid February is Ladies Day: Cocktails and Couture. Free admission for all ladies and the colour theme for Fashions in the Fields changes annually. Easter Sunday sees the jewel in the crown of our racing season, Albany Cup Day where the “Surf Meets the Turf”. Our last feature race meeting is on the Sunday closest to ANZAC Day.

A growing industry and national pastime Racing is the second most popular sport in regional Australia and just as importantly, the second largest indirect employer – a winning formula for the businesses and individuals wanting to market themselves or a product while ensuring the continued prosperity of local economies. The added bonus of SKY Channel coverage to a captive national and international audience makes racing sponsorship one of the most cost effective marketing opportunities.

A Win–Win Situation

Leading up to the centenary celebrations of the ANZAC departure from Albany in November 2014 as well as ARC’s 150th anniversary in 2015, the Albany Racing Club offers you the opportunity to be involved and get the best advertising opportunities as these celebrations occur. Winning Partners help us ensure the prosperity and future growth of your local industry.

Winning partnership offers a rare opportunity to indulge yourself in the excitement of racing and expose your business to new markets. Our packages are as varied as our sponsors. Partnership opportunities can be tailored to your needs. Please browse through the options available and speak to us about how we can be a part of your marketing communications mix.