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Buchan Racetrack
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359 km east of Melbourne, access via the Princes Hwy, turn off at Nowa or Orbost.

Very picturesque track located amongst trees in midst of golf course. Home straight falls consistently to winning post and for 50m beyond. After this it rises quickly to the 1200m mark and then levels out until about the 400m mark. The soil type is variable, but predominantly clay.

Distance to first turn
1000m - about 700m
1200m - about 900m
1600m - about 1300m

History of Buchan & Gelantipy Racing
1887 saw the first races ever to be held in the Buchan area. On the first program the club proved how liberal they were by staging a one-mile hurdle races for ladies only. The ten-event program also included two open hurdle races, a ladies' flat race and a trotting race.
In 1947 the first meeting was held on the picturesque racecourse at Canni Creek near Lakes Entrance that is home to the Buchan & Gelantipy Racing Club and still hosts today's race meetings. The process of life is a little bit slower in the country and race organisers have managed to provide top entertainment for 117 years without electricity, but 2005 say the club finally lit up, thanks to local government who have purchased a power generator. The course has also benefitted from a State Government grant that has provided a full running rail.
Meanwhile the club has garnered a reputation over the past 118 years for fun and frivolity spiced up with quality regional fields that turn up for the grass roots, picnic races with a local following that takes their racing seriously while enjoying the day with camperss and picnickers and Bush Bar highlights.

             
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