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Monday, 28 July 2014

Albion Park

Albion Park Harness Racing Club details

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club has celebrated over 40 years in racing history.

The Albion Park Trotting Club, as it was known then, commenced racing in September 1968 and it heralded a new era in the industry in more than one way.

Night trotting had now arrived in Brisbane and the venue was only a stone's throw from Brisbane's CBD located closely to some of the city's more affluent suburbs.

Club .albion The 800 m right-handed track was positioned inside of the unique sand galloping track and the Albion Park Trotting Club became a tenant of the Brisbane Amateur Turf Club which ran thoroughbred racing at Doomben and Albion Park.

This status quo remained until late 1981 when the galloping venue was closed due to declining popularity among thoroughbred participants.

At the same time, the Racing Minister Russ Hinze, a harness racing enthusiast, declared a new complex would be built and harness racing would "graduate" to a 1000m left-handed track with a brand spanking new grandstand.

As such, another milestone was established when the complex was unveiled to a huge crowd in October 1983 and Albion Park was dubbed "the speed pacing capital of Australia".

The third most significant event to happen to Albion Park occurred in 2008 when the Russ Hinze Grandstand was closed due to safety reasons.

The Albion Park Harness Racing Club has hosted seven Inter Dominions: - 1972 (Welcome Advice); 1977 (Stanley Rio); 1986 (Village Kid); 1993 (Jack Morris); 2001 (Yulestar) and 2009 (Mr Feelgood).

The most recent Inter Dominion was conducted at the Gold Coast Parklands complex due to the prevailing grandstand problems.

History was also created in 2001 when the club conducted the trotters' series for the first time with Take A Moment capturing the Grand Final.

The club's founding chairman was Sir Clive Uhr (also the BATC chairman at the time) and others to serve in the prestigious post include Sir Lloyd Rees, Peter Burge, Kevin Seymour, Kevin Bengston, Bob Lette, Dave Knudsen and Warwick Stansfield.

Location

Track Address:
 
Albion Park Raceway, Amy St, ALBION QLD 4010
Distance from town centre:
5.0 kilometres from CBD
 

Contact Details

Postal address: PO Box 296, ALBION DC QLD 4010

Phone : 07 3262 2577

Fax: 07 3862 2173

Email: info@aphrc.com.au

Website: http://aphrc.com.au/

Racing Season and Feature Events

Racing: Monday and Tuesday Afternoons - Saturday Nights 
Trials: Monday, Tuesday and Friday Afternoons only
 
Usual Season: 52 Weeks of the year
 
Special Events: Queensland Pacing Championship, The Blacks A Fake, Queensland Derby, Nursery Pace Series, QBred feature races, Queensland Oaks, Queensland Winter Carnival.