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Oakbank Racing Club

Welcome to Oakbank Racing Club! We have a rich history in the Adelaide Hills. Our club was established in 1875 and boasts one of the world’s largest picnic race meets, the Easter Racing Carnival, which has historically been held on Easter Saturday and Monday

In 2020 we are proud to host our new Christmas Twilight Races on December 23rd so that our supporters can celebrate Christmas with us too.

Our feature Easter Racing Carnival Oakbank Week 2021 will comprise three separate race days on March 28, March 31, & April 3, and will include the $100,000 Classic Hurdle and the Great Eastern Steeplechase. It also features the Listed Hills Railway Stakes, which was established in 1877, and the Onkaparinga Cup, launched in 1976.

Our calendar has also been complemented with the Von Doussa Steeplechase, hosted on the Sunday leading up to Easter Saturday.

Racing History

The first horse to win the Great Eastern Steeplechase around the undulating hills course was Tormentor in 1876. There are photographs and memorabilia of the win around the club.

Many great horses have followed Tormentor’s success on the 4.9km course over the years, including Darkie (1877 and 1878), Trigger (1881 and 1884), Swordfish (1885 and 1887), Vanguard (1912 and 1914), Tramp (1913 and 1915), Mount Cooper (1926 and 1927), Club Spirit (1972 and 1974) and Light Hand (1995 and 1996).

Oakbank has also played host to some of the best riders in the country, including Laurie Meenan, Alex Fullarton, Jamie Evans, Mick Patton, Brian Robert Smith, Pug McKenzie, Bluey Armsden, Don Wraight, Tom Glennon, and James Scobie who have all etched their names to the Great Eastern honour roll.

Our Committee

ORC Comittee

Chairman: Arabella Branson
Deputy Chairman: Barney Gask
Committee: Mark Angus, Stephen Charlton, Chris Dittmar, John Lewis, Andrew Watson, Roma Williams and James Jordan.


Annual Report

To view a copy of the 2020/21 Oakbank Racing Club Annual Report click here

To view a copy of the 2020/21 Oakbank Racing Club Financial Statements click here

For previous Annual Reports, please email



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