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.
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.
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.
AT a Public Meeting, held at the
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 Course, convenient to the , underneath Mount Victoria, when the following prizes will be run for.
TUESDAY, THE 4TH OF APRIL,
The TOWN PLATE of 40/. ; for
all horses ; weight for age ; heats, twice round the course; entrance, 4/.; three entrances or no .
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 .
The HACK STAKES of 10/.; catch weights;
heats, once round the course. Post entrance, 1/. Three entrances or no .
SECOND DAY-WEDNESDAY, 5TH APRIL.
The PUBLICANS* PURSE of 30/.; for all
horses ; weight for age ; heats, twice round the course ; entrance, 3/.; three entrances or
The HACK HURDLE of.lOi.; heats,
once round the course ; three leaps, each leap three feet six inches. Post entrance, ll. Three
entrances or no .
Remainder of the day reserved for private
THIRD DAY-THURSDAY, THE 6TH APRIL.
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 .
The SQUATTERS PURSE of 20/.; for all " horses; weight for age; heats, twice round
the course ; entrance, 3/.; three entrances or no .
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 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 . .
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, , between the hours of seven and nine o'clock ; and at Nairn's, Hotel, the evenings previous to the other two days' races, between the hours of six and eight o'clock.
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.
HARTLEY RACKS FOR 1849.
NOTICE is hereby given that a Preliminary will be held at Mr. Joseph Collits , , at I o'clock P.M., on Thursday, the 3rd of May next, to make arrangements about the Annual , at which all parties interested are re- quested to attend. 6722
To lake place on the 5th, 6th, and 7th of May.
FIRST DAY'S .
THE TOWN PLATE of £40, for nil horses ; weight for age ; heats twice round the Course. Three entrances or no race ; entrance £4.
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.
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 .
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 .
THE PUBLICANS' PURSE of £25, for all horses ; weight for age ¡'heats twice round. The winner of the 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.
The BEATEN STAKES of £10, for all horses beat on during the , to be handicapped by the Stewards, or whom they may appoint'; twice round the Course. Post entrance £1.
The weights to be carried this to be the same as Homebush ; mares and geldings allowed three pounds, except in 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 two pounds, except-tho Hack Race, for which £1 will qualify.
Publicans' Booths on the Course will be charged £5.
Tolls to be charged 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 Mr. Nairne's Inn, , 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.
CAPTAIN J. N. BULL.
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. -,
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Saturday 27 March 1847,
1859 Saturday 22 January 1859
Hartley Races for 1859.
A , hold at Mr Dunn's Inn., on the 17th instant, it was unanimously -.greed on that the fur this year come off on the 6th, 7th, and 8th of April next.
A to decide on the amount of prizes, and other matters in connection with the , will be hold 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 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 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 . 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. , 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 , 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.