The Cambridge Jockey Club has gone from a low key Picnic Racing Club in 1944 to the country’s leading training centre.
The 2010-11 season signalled the importance of the Club and its facilities when it was responsible for the winners of 10 Group One races during the season. This list included the Anabandana, the Champion Two-Year-Old, and VRC Derby winner The Lion Tamer.
The Cambridge training centre all started with a group of enterprising local men who arranged a meeting in the old Parish Hall on Thursday, July 20, 1944. It was following World War II and horse sports and racing were very disorganised and casual happenings.
The object of the group was to form a club for the carrying on of horse racing and “other forms of horse events that may be decided by the members.” The motion was carried unanimously and the Cambridge Picnic Racing Club was established with Board members elected and the Club being registered with the NZ Racing Conference.