About Lockyer Valley Turf Club
The history of the Lockyer Valley Turf club
With a rich history that dates back to the 1870s, Lockyer Valley Turf Club has been delivering true country-style horse races for over a century. Our roots can be traced back to the renowned Farmers Cup, which first took place in 1878 and marked the beginning of a proud legacy.
In the early 1900s, Gatton established its own derby, with the notable victory of Romanlike in the Gatton Derby of 1914, a mile-long race that drew participants from as far as Brisbane and Toowoomba. Throughout the years, the club has witnessed remarkable races, including the Gatton Shire Cup triumph of Elite Sparkle in 1993, the Bonza Liquor Dealers Maiden in 1984, the Gatton Centenary Cup in 1955, and the Errol Bachman Memorial Trophy in 1992.
Once scattered across Grantham, Helidon, Tenthill, and Laidley, the race tracks of the Lockyer Valley now consolidate in Gatton, making it the sole racecourse in the region. The Lockyer Race Club membership board was established in 1948, with A. Fitzgerald serving as the President until 1974. Over the years, the club has undergone various name changes and is now proudly known as the Lockyer Valley Turf Club.
At Lockyer Valley Turf Club, we pride ourselves on creating memorable race days and providing exceptional hospitality. Our dedicated team works tirelessly to ensure that each event is truly special, making it an experience worth sharing with your family and friends. Come and immerse yourself in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of a country race meet, where you can enjoy the excitement of the races surrounded by a community of passionate horse racing enthusiasts.
As a testament to our commitment to reaching a wider audience, all our races are broadcast on Sky Racing TV, allowing fans from around the world to witness the thrilling action that unfolds on our tracks. With 15 race meetings held annually, including a minimum of three major Saturday racing events, Lockyer Valley Turf Club offers an exciting calendar of events. One of the standout fixtures is the Lockyer Valley Race Day, featuring the highly anticipated Gatton Cup.
Join us at Lockyer Valley Turf Club for an unforgettable experience that combines the time-honoured traditions of country horse racing with modern-day excitement. Whether you’re a seasoned punter or a first-time racegoer, our welcoming environment and thrilling races are sure to leave you with lasting memories.
The Lockyer Valley Turf Club has a hardworking committee who are dedicated to the success of the club.
- Mr Terry Kirkwood
- Vice President
- Mr Bill Brown
- Mrs Tenika Murphy
- Mr Jason Harm, Mr Pat Kynoch, Mr Gary Mischke, Mr Steven Brennan, Mrs Melissa Kraut, Mr John Schollick & Mr Peter Brennan
- Miss Rebecca Donaldson
- Life Member and Patron of the Club
- Mr Kevin Toohill
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