Melbourne Cup run at the old Wollongong track

Apparently there used to be a race called the ” Melbourne Cup” run at the old Wollongong track. This photo is late 60’s. The winner Charlie Lee also won a Sandown Cup.


Jeff Collerson– Not too sure about that as I used to go to Wollongong on Monday nights and can’t ever remember them having a Melbourne Cup. Maybe it was dolllied up for the photo?

I replied – Found It Melbourne Cup 545yds

October 31, 1966. “Wollongong first prize $600
winner Charlie Lee (Spotted Lightning x Sharid Lee)
owner/trainer T L Davidson
2nd Reminiscing
3rd Swift Drops
margins 4 x 3 time 29.5”
Jeff Collerson – Well what do you know. Wollongong was indeed 545yds very noisy lure used to suit non chasers. Tight track, leading trainer there was Neville Ballinger who trained Amerigo Lady winner of the inaugural Nat Dist Cship for Buck Buchanan (from Frankston) in 1969.