HISTORY

 Bunbury - A world of Harness Racing


 

The six people who met in 1950 to discuss the formation of Bunbury Trotting Club would have no doubt been absolutely astonished that the following year, in 1951, they were able to have the first race meeting of the Bunbury Trotting Club. 
Between the initial meeting to think about it and the first race meeting they had built a track, put a fence around it, had a covered area for a betting ring, a bar and a food bar, plus two wooden buildings which acted as a type of grandstand.
The first race meeting was held on December 19, 1951. Six races were held - three had 19 starters and three had 20 starters and the prizemoney was 60 pounds a race. There were many horses from two eighteen and better from Perth came down for the occasion.
Slow developments occurred after this and gradually the number of horses increased with more locals. The crowds increased and things were proceeding in a reasonable way.
Then on November 17, 2001 the track was extended and the layout of the stables was changed. Before this a new members' stand had been erected and a covered area for the patrons. The new track was of the latest design in Europe where the tracks were mostly designed by Swedish engineers and were accepted as the world’s best, both to offer fast racing and protection for the horses.
So Bunbury achieved probably the best track in Australia. 
Over recent years, following the improvement of the track, the number of horses in training in the area has increased and the attendance has increased. New stables have been erected and from the point of view of the racing and attention to horses, trainers and drivers things have gone a long way.
While the initial group that started the Bunbury Harness Racing Club would have been surprised at what they were able to accomplish in one year they would be equally as surprised to find the huge industry that has developed from the base that they lay. 
Out of due acknowledgement for their efforts in starting there are amendments in the committee, they have the responsibility to enlarge the dream of the initial six people and provide the amenities that they were seeking when they started the Bunbury Trotting Club track at Donaldson Park.
- Dr Manea Club Patron
 
 

BUNBURY CUP WINNERS

1952 DETERMINATION (A. Woodworth) 12yds............................................13f 2:12.5
1953 $300 BRONZEGOLD (A. Smith) Scr....................................................13f 2:11¾
1954 BEDOUIN PRINCE (J. Buswell) Scr......................................................13f 2:10
1955 LUCKY MINT (J. Twaddle) Scr............................................................13f 2:08
1956 WESTMINISTER (E. Miles) Scr...........................................................13f 2:12.5
1957 $250 IMPERIAL (M.R. Johnson) 24yds................................................13f 2:08¼
1958 $250 GAY KATRINA (C. Barron) Scr....................................................13f 2:08¾
1959 $250 BEAU SILHOUETTE (J. Carbon) Scr...........................................13f 2:11¼
1960 $250 PADDY BOY (A. Woodworth) 24yds ...........................................13f 2:09¼
1961 $500 FRICTION'S DAUGHTER (A. O'Brien) 24yds ............................  13f 2:11
1962 $500 ESMEROIC (W. Read) Scr .........................................................13f 2:09½
1963 $500 SWIFT TARA (R. Pollock) Scr ....................................................12f 60yds 2:08¼
1964 $400 CROSSWINDS (R.J. Williams) Scr .............................................13f 2:10
1965 $500 SEA FOX (A. Woodworth) Scr ....................................................12f 60yds 2:09¾
1966 $500 THREE KINGS (A. Nelson) 24yds ...............................................12f 60yds 2:06¼
1967 $500 TOP CENTRE (C. Rifi ci) Scr .....................................................12f 60yds 2:09.5
1968 $550 YARDON (J. Retzlaff) Scr ...........................................................12f 60yds 2:07¾
1969 $750 NO DILL (G. James) Scr .............................................................14f 60yds 2:09.5
1970 $1000 NO DILL (G. James) Scr ...........................................................14f 2:08¼
1971 $1000 ROC EDEN (A. Woodworth) Scr ................................................14f 2:09.5
1972 $1500 YANKEE RHYTHM (T.B. Warwick) Scr ......................................14f 2:10
1973 $2000 TRIPLE FLASH (J. Miller) Scr .................................................. 14f 2:08.6
1974 $3000 NIP 'N' DALE (F.R. Kersley) fr .....................................................2900m 1:19.2
1975 $5000 BLUE REBEL (J. Miller) fr ..........................................................2900m 1:20.1
1976 $6000 WAYAMBA (R. Sweetman) 20m ............................................... 2900m 1:20.7
1977 $7000 RARE CHIEF (K. Batt) fr .............................................................2900m 1:18.8
1978 $10,000 RIO BUTLER (L. Poyser) 30m................................................. 2900m 1:17.3
1979 $19,000 MARDEN MISS (D. Manea) fr ................................................. 2900m 1:20.2
1980 $20,000 PALLATON (A.C. Lewis) 40m ..................................................2900m 1:16.9
1981 $20,000 REGAL MORRIS (R. Sweetman) fr ..........................................2900m 1:21.6
1982 $31,500 DEN HELDER (A.C. Lewis) 10m ..............................................2900m 1:19.8
1983 $25,000 CASEY O'TARA (L. Lindau) fr .................................................2900m 1:20.2
1984 $25,000 MATAI BRET (P.J. Schrader) 10m ..........................................2900m 1:18.4
1985 $25,000 MY DIANTHUS (J.H. Schrader) ............................................... 2940m 1:16.4
1086 $25,000 LINE ON (N.J. Lloyd) ...............................................................2940m 1:15.5
1987 $25,000 VILLAGE KID (A.C. Lewis) .......................................................2940m 2:01.3
1988 $25,000 MYSTERY CARGO (C.J. Beckett).............................................2940m 2:01.5
1989 $25,000 ANOTHER BART (G.R. Barton) ................................................2940m 2:00.4
1990 $25,000 SALVATION SON (C.D. Brown) ................................................2940m 2:01.4
1991 $17,640 SPEED CHEVAL (P.J. Schrader) ..............................................2940m 2:01.9
1992 $10,000 WHITBY'S MISS PENNY (R. Chambers) ..................................2940m 2:01.6
1993 $15,000 JUSTABOYDEN (G. Harper) .....................................................2940m 2:03.6
1994 $18,750 ON PARADE (R. Chambers) .....................................................2940m 2:04.2
1995 $20,000 SCANIO (S. Young) ..................................................................2940m 2:04.6
1996 $20,000 ABMIDAS (D. Anderson) ...........................................................2900m 2:03.2
1997 $15,000 SIR CLEMENT (J.T. Warwick) ...................................................2900m 2:03.0
1998 $10,500 HAIL THE JUDGE (A.L. Lewis) ................................................. 2900m 2:03.8
1999 $8000 BONDED VELVET (J.T. Warwick) .................................................2900m 2:04.6
2000 $8000 CAM'S MAN (L.B. Harper) ............................................................2900m 2:03.7
2001 $7500 PAULAS MATE (J.R. Graham) .....................................................2540m 2.01.8
2002 $8000 MOSCOW (L.B. Harper) ...............................................................2990m 2.02.0
2003 $15,000 WHITE STAR ROCKY (J.R. Graham) deadheat
JACCKA SEELSTER (A. Cortopassi) ................................................................2990m 2.02.8
2004 $15,000 HILLVIEW LIGHTNING (A. Decampo) .......................................2569m 1.59.9
2005 $15,000 FAKING IT (A.C. Lewis) ............................................................2569m 2.00.7
2006 $15,000 NO BLUE MANNA (J. Warwick) .................................................2569m 2.00.5
2007 $30,000 LUCKY PUNCH (G. Harper) ......................................................2569m 1.59.1
2008 $30,000 NO BLUE MANNA (J. Warwick) .................................................2569m 2.02.0
2009 $30,000 MYSTA MAGICAL MACH (M.L. Woodley) ................................2569m 2.00.4
2009 $30,000 ALIVEANDWELL (K.K. Howson) ...............................................2569m 2.00.6
2011 $30,000 CROMBIE (A.C. Lewis) .............................................................2569m 1.58.3
2012 $30,000 HOKONUI BEN (NZ) (S. Butcher) ............................................. 2569m 1.59.

 

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Bunbury Trotting Complex Upgrade
Location
Western Australia
Type of Project
Land Development
12d User
Thompson McRobert Edgeloe (TME)
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Description 
The $1.36 million redevelopment of the Bunbury Trotting Complex in Western Australia was recently completed by Thompson McRobert Edgeloe (TME). TME is a small multidisciplinary consultancy based in the south-west of Western Australia. They specialise in Land Development and Urban Infrastructure and more recently have entered into the design of harness racing tracks.
With the completion of this facility, Bunbury now has a harness racing track to rival any in Australia, a track that is technically the fastest track in Australia and ranks with the best in the world.
This project was undertaken with ‘unbridled’ passion by TME Director of Engineering Wayne Edgeloe, and the result is one of which the company and the Bunbury Trotting Club are extremely proud.
The feedback on the track from users is best reflected in the comments from leading Bunbury trainer Andrew DeCampo when he stated to the press, “It's brilliant, mate, absolutely brilliant!”
The facility upgrade involved a total rebuild of the existing 800-metre track and creation of a new World Class 960 Metre track. In conjunction with the upgrade, the opportunity was taken to completely rationalise the stable complex and bring together the previously scattered facilities around the track.
New stables, washdown bays, urinals, swab rooms, parade area, public viewing areas, and judges/TV broadcast/ stewards facilities were built. The focus of the final development was not only to provide new facilities but also to ensure the spectacle for the public was maximised and to ensure the long-term survival of the harness racing industry in the Region.
The previous sub-standard lighting was also increased five-fold to ensure that TV standard broadcasts could be achieved. The power supply to the site and previous sub-standard internal electrical systems were also upgraded and reinforced.
Prior to commencing the design of the new track, TME Director Wayne Edgeloe undertook extensive research that included inspections of key tracks in Victoria. The final design solution developed is one on which fair and even racing is possible with the added benefit of fast times.
The camber/ radius/ spiral curve/ transition combinations have also combined to produce a track which is optimised to reduce the stress experienced by horses racing on the track.
The project was fully modelled using 12d Model, enabling the complex combinations of geometry in the project to be readily optimised. The digital model output from 12d was also then given to the contractor to enable the construction to the 5mm tolerance on the finished surface.
The digital model from 12d was also exported to 3D Studio Viz to construct digital images and to produce a fully rendered digital movie of the trotting complex. Transfer between the models was readily achieved and enabled a high quality presentation to be produced in a very short time.
Since completion of this project, TME has been asked to investigate a new harness racing facility for York and an upgrade of the current facilities at Byford Trotting Complex. TME has also prepared concept plans for the Western Australian Trotting Association for the possible expansion of the Gloucester Park Facility in Perth from an 800-metre track to 960 metres.