Aspendale Racecourse

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Aspendale Racecourse
Location Aspendale, Victoria, Australia
Time zone UTC +10:00
Coordinates 38°01′30″S 145°06′29″E / 38.025°S 145.108°E / -38.025; 145.108Coordinates: 38°01′30″S 145°06′29″E / 38.025°S 145.108°E / -38.025; 145.108
Opened 1 March 1904
Closed 1939
Surface Gravel or Concrete
Length 1.6 km (1.0 mi)
Turns 4
Lap record 84mph (Peter Whitehead, ERA, 1938, Voiturette)

Aspendale Racecourse or Aspendale Park Racecourse was a horse racing and motor racing track located at Aspendale, Victoria, Australia.

Aspendale Racecourse opened on 14 April 1891. It was established by James Robert Crooke, horse trainer, who named the course after Aspen, one of his best horses who won the Newmarket Handicap twice, in 1880 and 1881.[1]

Garden landscaping was designed by William Guilfoyle, who was the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.[1]

The track was situated east of the current Aspendale railway station and is believed to have been one mile (1.6 km) in length.

Robert Crooke was also a motoring enthusiast. In 1904, the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria held its first automobile demonstration at Aspendale Park.[1] In 1906 a motor raceway was constructed, Australia’s "first commercial track", although only one meeting was ever held and the circuit fell into disuse.[2] A banked track was constructed in 1923,[3] but it had fallen into disuse again by 1930.[2] The circuit was briefly revived again after the Depression but it had stopped again prior to World War II.

The last recorded horse race at Aspendale Park was on 29 July 1931. Motor racing continued until the late 1940s.[1] The area is now residential housing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Aspendale Park Racecourse at Kingston Historical Website
  2. ^ a b Walker, Terry (1995). Fast Tracks. Turton & Armstrong Pty Ltd Publishers. pp. 20 & 21. ISBN 0-908031-55-6. 
  3. ^ Racing and Death at Aspendale at Kingston Historical Website