The opportunity to enjoy country racing in the Queensland wine capital means that Stanthorpe is a popular destination for a short break.

At a time when country racing has been doing it tough, the Stanthorpe Jockey Club has gone from strength to strength.

For many the ideal short break coincides with the Stanthorpe Races. The Stanthorpe Jockey Club currently meets just once a year - in October - when people come from far and wide to experience our special breed of racing.

The Stanthorpe Cup Day appeals to...

  • Racing enthusiasts.
  • Those for whom the races is an excuse for a great social day out with family, friends or colleagues.

Social race-goers love the opportunity to tour the area and sample Queensland's top wines or explore the national parks and many other natural and tourist attractions. The four changing seasons mean that you can snuggle up in front of a log fire on a frosty winter night, or enjoy our cool summer nights. The spring race day is enhanced by the spring blossoms, and the summer race day by the abundant fresh produce in the region and the onset of the wine harvest.


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One of the oldest clubs in Queensland, there has been racing in the Stanthorpe area since the 1872. This rich heritage comes from it's origins as a mining town - when almost everyone used horsepower as their means of transport, and the notion of gambling was an inherent part of prospecting.

True championsCountry racing has probably experienced more ups and downs over the years than any other sport, and the Stanthorpe club is no exception. In 1966, the club established a track at what was to become Armstrong park to the west of the town centre. This former Crown Land had been used as an emergency aerodrome in World War II.

A decade later, local solicitor Neil Sullivan, racing stalwart Jim Mann and local engineer Jack Armstrong invited Eagle Farm Racetrack Chief Steward, Steve Kelly to mark out the course. Doomben Racecourse supplied the original Bookmaker's stands and the Semaphore Board. Armstrong Park was born and was named after Jack Armstrong to recognise his tireless efforts for the club. It remains the site of the Stanthorpe Racetrack.

Many good horses have raced at Armstrong Park over the years. The most notable starter is "Panvale". He ran second at Armstrong Park and shortly after, won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in Sydney in front of the Queen.