Harness racing in Tasmania dates back to its first meeting in March 1884 which was held over a distance of a mile (1609m) along New Town Road and finished outside the front entrance of Cooley’s Hotel in Moonah.
As harness racing in Tasmania grew in popularity so did its breeding industry with performances of Tasmanian owned and bred pacers on the national stage helping mould the industry into what it is today.
Tasmanian champions such a Logan derby, Chamfer’s Star, Halwes, Sinbad Bay, Evicus and Dandy Patch are but a few of the stars that helped lift the profile of the harness code by their performances both in Tasmania and on the mainland.
The development of tri-code racing centres in Hobart and Launceston has provided race-goers with the opportunity to pacing action in superb modern facilities. The smaller Devonport Showground allows guests to view racing up close and personal, with the grandstand overlooking the finishing straight.
Country pacing meetings are always a fun day out with family and friends, and are held primarily during the warmer months at Burnie, Carrick Park, New Norfolk, Scottsdale and St Marys.