The Hartley Races

 

Life was not all work in the Hartley Valley. One thing the colonists really loved and that was horse racing.

 

The Races at Hartley was a popular sideline to the community.   The event was usually spread over 3 days. In 1845 Joseph Collits  had Sweetbriar entered,   in 1847 Joseph had Bolivar, then in 1848  Catch me if you Can. In 1848 the venue for the races changed to being at Joseph Collett's residence near Mount Victoria. since it formed a natural viewing for the events.  Not much was done during the racing carnival. 

 

 

HARTLEY RACES .-A meeting was held on Saturday day, at Mr. Nairn's hotel, at Hartley, for the purpose of making the preliminary arrangements for the races this season ; and a subscription to promote that object was opened in the room, the result of which was a sum of above 501. collected on the spot. Stewards were appointed : J. Maxwell, Esq., of Lyddleton ; J. Walker, Esq.; the Messrs. Brown, and Jeremiah Grant, Esq. Honorary treasurer, H. Atkins, Esq., P.M. Judge, Captain Ball. The races are to take place on the 4th April, and are to last three days. Two courses are offered to the stewards - the old course, on which races have already taken place ; and a new one, in the neighbourhood of Mr. Collet's residence, near Mount Victoria. This latter site it is believed will be preferred, as the ground is exceedingly well adapted for racing; and from the circumstance of the course being situated in a natural amphitheatre, divested in a great measure of trees and bush, the spectators will enjoy a better view of the horses when running.

Hartley, 20th February, 1848,

 

The event in 1848 was  peppered with excitement as Jorrocks had been entered.   Jorrocks was one of the 19th century’s most famous racehorses, his plucky career endearing him to the colonial press.

 

The press reported of the Hartley races..

 

Jorrocks  and Plover spoiled sport in some measure, for when it became known that they were to compete for the prizes, several of the amateurs of the turf declined sending their horses, being convinced that they would have but little chance against the two crack horses of the colony, Mr. Downes, however, ran them only in two races, in which competitors wore found for them in the district, and they were not allowed to win without affording the assemblage a display of their racing qualities

 

The course had been changed to the area of  Joseph Collets Rose Inn with its natural amphitheatre for the spectators and was a resounding success....

The course has only been recently laid out, and with a little alteration will in the opinion of sporting men be equal to any in the colony.

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FIRST RACE.

The Hartley Town Plate of £40, for all horses, weight for age ; boats twice round the course: three entrances or no race; entrance £1. For this prize four horses were entered. Mr. Downes's Jorrocks, bay, aged, rider Healy . 1 1 Mr. Grant's Lottery, bay, aged. 2 2 Mr. Downes's Lath, bay, aged. drawn.

 

 

Jorrocks

 

HARTLEY RACES.

AT a Public Meeting, held at the Hartley

Hotel, on the 19th of February instant, it was unanimously resolved that the next Hartley Races should take place on the 4th, 5th, and 6th of April next, on the New Race Course, convenient to the Rose Inn, underneath Mount Victoria, when the following prizes will be run for.

FIRST DAY.

TUESDAY, THE 4TH OF APRIL,

FIRST RACE.

The HARTLEY TOWN PLATE of 40/. ; for

all horses ; weight for age ; heats, twice round the course; entrance, 4/.; three entrances or no race.

SECOND RACE.

The MAIDEN PLATE of 20/.; for all horses ;

weight for age, that never won a prize above IO/. ; heats, once round the coursa ; entrance, 21. 10s.; three entrances or no race.

THIRD RACE.

The HACK STAKES of 10/.; catch weights;

heats, once round the course. Post entrance, 1/. Three entrances or no race.

SECOND DAY-WEDNESDAY, 5TH APRIL.

FIRST RACE.

The PUBLICANS* PURSE of 30/.; for all

horses ; weight for age ; heats, twice round the course ; entrance, 3/.; three entrances or

no race.

SECOND RACE.

The HACK HURDLE RACE of.lOi.; heats,

once round the course ; three leaps, each leap three feet six inches. Post entrance, ll. Three

entrances or no race.

Remainder of the day reserved for private

matches.

THIRD DAY-THURSDAY, THE 6TH APRIL.

FIRST RACE.

The WELTER STAKES of 25/. added to a

Sweepstakes of 51. each'; entrance, 21. 10s. ; for all .horses carrying eleven stone seven pounds ; three times round the course ; three entrances or no race.

SECOND RACE.

The SQUATTERS PURSE of 20/.; for all " horses; weight for age; heats, twice round

the course ; entrance, 3/.; three entrances or no race.  

THIRD RACE.

The BEATEN STAKES of 10/.; for all beaten

horses during the meeting ; heats, once round the course. Post entrance, 21. ; entrance to be added ; to be handicapped by the stewards or by whom they may appoint.

To be run under the rules of Homebush, with the exception of-the Races where the weight is stated. No person to be allowed to enter a horse, unless he is a subscriber to the amount of 3/., with the exception of the Hack Races, for which a subscription of 1/. will qualify.

The decision of the majority of the stewards to be final. The start for the first race on each day to take place at noon. All riders to appear in Jockey costume.

Publicans Booths to be charged 5/.

The winner of the Town Plate to carry seven pounds extra for any other race. .

Stalls of all descriptions, together -with carts and barrows for the sale of refreshments, willoi subjected to a fee of ten shillings.

All dogs will be destroyed.

All horses to be entered the evening previous to the first days' races, at Collet's, Rose Inn, between the hours of seven and nine o'clock ; and at Nairn's, Hartley Hotel, the evenings previous to the other two days' races, between the hours of six and eight o'clock.

JUDGE

CAPTAIN BULL.

STEWARDS

JOHN MAXWELL, ESQ.

ANDREW BROWN, ESQ.

JEREMIAH GRANT, ESQ. THOMAS BROWN, ESQ.

" JAMES WALKER, ESQ.

CLERK OF THE COURSE.

MR. WILLIAM JAGER.

HEY WARD ATKINS,

1199 Treasurer and Honorary Secretary.

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HARTLEY RACKS FOR 1849.

NOTICE is hereby given that a Preliminary Meeting will be held at Mr. Joseph Collits  Rose Inn, Hartley, at I o'clock P.M., on Thursday, the 3rd of May next, to make arrangements about the Hartley Annual Races, at which all parties interested are re- quested to attend. 6722

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HARTLEY ANNUAL RACES,

To lake place on the 5th, 6th, and 7th of May.

FIRST DAY'S RACES.

FIRST RACE.

THE HARTLEY TOWN PLATE of £40, for nil horses ; weight for age ; heats twice round the Course. Three entrances or no race ; entrance £4.

SECOND RACE.

THE MAIDEN PLATE of £20, for all horses that never won an advertised prize; weight for age ; heats once round the Course. Three entrances or no race ; entrance £2.

THIRD RACE.

THE HACK-STAKES of £10, for all horses carrying 6 stone 7 lbs. ; heats once round. . Post entrance £1 ; four entrances or no race.

SECOND DAY'S RACES.

FIRST RACE.

A WELTER STAKES of £20, for all horses carrying 10 stone 7 lbs. ; three times round the Course. Entrance £2 ; three entrances or no race ; the second horse to receive back entrance.

. ? SECOND RACE.

A HACK STAKES of £5, with entrance added ; catch weights ; heats once round. Post entrance ten shillings ; four entrances or norace.

THIRD DAY'S RACES.

FIRST RACE.

THE PUBLICANS' PURSE of £25, for all horses ; weight for age ¡'heats twice round. The winner of the Hartley Town Plate to carry seven pounds extra, nt the discretion of the Stewards, to be declared from the Stand ; three entrances or no race ; entrance £2 10s.

SECOND RACE.

The BEATEN STAKES of £10, for all horses beat on during the meeting, to be handicapped by the Stewards, or whom they may appoint'; twice round the Course. Post entrance £1.

The weights to be carried at this Meeting to be the same as at Homebush ; mares and geldings allowed three pounds, except in races where the weights are specified.

No false starts allowed.

No person allowed to enter a horse for the Town Plate unless he is a subscriber, to the amount of three pounds ; for the other races two pounds, except-tho Hack Race, for which £1 will qualify.

Publicans' Booths on the Course will be charged £5.

Tolls to be charged at the Entrance gate .

                                      £ s. d.

For every Carriage.          0 2 6 .

For every Gig or Cart .... 0 1 0

For Saddle-horses .         0 1 0

The gate to be let by tenders.

All horses to be entered at Mr. Nairne's Inn, Hartley, between the hours of four and. six o'clock  in the evening previous to each day's racing. All decisions of the Stewards to be final. To start each day atone o'clock.

JUDGES :

CAPTAIN J. N. BULL.

STEWARDS t

JOHN MAXWELL, ESQ.

ANDREW BROWN, ESQ.

THOMAS BROWN, ESQ.

JEREMIAH GRANT, ESQ.

JAMES WALKER. ESQ. .

HEYWARD ATKINS, ESQ.

 

SECRETARY AND TREASURER':

MR. JOHN ATKINS.

CLERK OF THE COURSE : ' -

MR. WILLIAM JAGER. -,

Hartley, Mardi 20. - ' .453:

Saturday 27 March 1847,

 

 

1859 Saturday 22 January 1859

Hartley Races for 1859.

AT A PUBLIC MEETING, hold at Mr Dunn's Inn.Hartley, on the 17th instant, it was unanimously -.greed on that the Hartley Races fur this year come off on the 6th, 7th, and 8th of April next.

A meeting to decide on the amount of prizes, and other matters in connection with the races, will be hold at Mr Donn's Inn on the 31st instant, the result of which will be duly published in the press. ,

JUDGE-.John-Delaney, Esq, J P.

STEWARDS- J 0. Norton, Esq.  George Lunn Esq, R. Rygate, Esq, J.P. ; Joseph Collet, Esq ; John Collot. Esq..

TREASURER  - Mr G. Jarvis.

CLERK OF THE COURSE - Mr T. Delaney.

 

 

Saturday 15 May 1847

HARTLEY, - (From our Correspondent.) Races.-These races which both in the last and present year have not been entirely unworthy of notice, came off on Wednesday, the 6th, and the two following days. The sport they afforded was exceedingly respectable, and the company congregated on the race ground, a, locality of great at traction for lovers of the picturesque, was of a much better order than is usually to be met with at races which are only in their infancy. The scene which the race course presented, put the writer strongly in mind of one of those old English rustic fairs held far away from the metropolis in by gone times " merry makings" which the stern hand of modern improvement (P) has swept away from the old country, as "encroaching too much on the time of the poorer classes." . ut for the races. All the three days were fine to a wish, the sport excellent, marred by none of that disagreeable spoiler of fun to the common spectator, yclept "jockeying"-while the presence of a great number of the fair sex exceedingly well dressed and mounted, as women always should be, on particularly good horses, gave much animation to the scene. Mr. J. Grant's horse " Lottery," ridden with great judgment by Mr. Flanagan, was the winner of the most important prizes.

A horse of Mr. Tates, of Bathurst, and one belonging to Mr. Collet, of Mount York, also showed some good sport. Unfortunately for the finances of the rustics two or or three Regius Professors of thimble rig honoured the race ground with their interesting and instructive lectures; but their practical illustrations of the science were felt to be so conclusive by the majority of the first day's audience as to completely satisfy the students that they had learned enough; the professors subsequent lectures were therefore but thinly attended. But one accident of a serious description occurred, the fracture of a man's leg by the kick of a horse, whose rider, with more courage than conduct was " larking" over the fence surrounding the race ground. The sufferer's leg was set immediately, and he is doing well.

 

 THE WEATHER, PROVISIONs, &c.-Winter has set in here in the mountains with considerable rigour ; the two last nights have favoured us with very heavy frosts, and there are indications which the weather-wise folk interpret into the approach of a great fall of snow. There continues to be plenty of food for the cattle,: however, of which this time last year there was not a vestige. The worst article in our provision list is the flour, which is truly in famous, very little of the wheat having escaped the heavy rains last harvest. The millers in the neighbourhood, descendants probably of the celebrated Miller who was " turned out by King Arthur," and was afterwards " found drowned in his dam," do not improve the quality of the good flour which may happen to be in their possession, by mixing it with the grown flour; nor do they merit much of the thanks of the community, by the price which they demand for their mixture, viz., 14s. to 16s. Other produce is good anti plentiful ; potatoes from 3s. to 4s per cwt.

ANGLICAN CHURCH.-At a meeting of the members of the Anglican Church, held at Mr. Nain's Hotel on the 5th Inst., considerable sums were sub scribed towards the erection of a church at Hartley, above 2001. is said to have been paid in the room. It is understood that Government is to be petitioned to exchange the land granted as a site for that church, for other land more conveniently situated, the present grant being on the top of an almost in accessible rock. CATHOLIC CHURCH.-Our church is progressing towards completion ; a workman has arrived from Sydney, to put in the windows. The doors and flooring have been completed some time, and we hope in the course of a few months, one of the neatest, and certainly one of the most substantial churches in the colony, will be completed.