The TAB All Weather Spreyton race course was the first Tapeta synthetic race course developed and raced on in Australia. The track surface provides race-goers with the opportunity to enjoy consistent racing in all weather conditions.
The DRC’s facilities include a spacious bar, TAB outlet, a bistro-style restaurant with seating for 120 on race days and private functions directly adjacent to the winning post.
The club’s downstairs bar provides owners and trainers with a quintessential race day experience.
The bar is open throughout the week, providing members and guests with a great place to meet and enjoy live racing from around Australia and the world on Sky Channel.
2019 Simons Design Centre Devonport Cup
On Wednesday 9 January 2019, the place to be will be Simons Design Centre Devonport Cup Day hosted by the DRC at the beautiful TAB All Weather Spreyton.
Devonport, Tasmania’s third largest city, sits on the banks of the Mersey River and is the gateway to the regions natural wonders such as Cradle Mountain, The Great Western Tiers, Arthur River and the mighty Tarkine Rainforest. Close to the centre of town you’ll find beautiful curving beaches, a vibrant café culture, great shopping and a range of local tourist attractions.
Hire a car or hop on a redline bus to get you up to Devonport from Hobart or Launceston. Once there, Merseylink offers transfers to Spreyton.
As a member of the Devonport Racing Club, you get to enjoy the club’s facilities and indulge yourself at all of our race meetings for 2016-2017. Also, members have reciprocal rights with both the Tasmanian Turf Club (Launceston) and the Tasmanian Racing Club (Hobart) for every race meeting for the season. This means free gate entry at 65 race meetings held in Tasmania for the 2016-2017 season.
Simons Design Centre Devonport Cup time is when most members use their membership. You get
All of this for only $120 per annum or $90 for pensioners. That is great value!
Advertising, signage and race day sponsorship packages are available for business promotion.
For more information contact the club:
Phone: 03 6427 2070 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2002 marked the centenary of the Devonport Racing Club, The oldest sporting body in the city of Devonport. In the early years, the club was only granted two racing dates per season - usually one late in December and the second on Easter Saturday. Early programs conducted by the club contained both galloping (including jumps races) and trotting events.
Prize money for events listed on the early programs varied between 15 and 35 sovereigns. The club has always raced at Spreyton, with the land originally owned by Mrs S. Kelcey, wife of one of the pioneers of the Spreyton area and former member of the clubs committee.
The club’s committee decided in December 1903 to purchase the land from Mrs Kelcey. The wooded backdrop to Spreyton Park is called Kelcey Tiers after the pioneer family, who among other pursuits grew hops on the slopes of the tiers.
A recreation complex developed by the Devonport City Council opposite Spreyton Park is named Maidstone Park after Steven Kelsey’s property of about 2000 acres, which extended from the Mersey Estuary to the top of Kelcey Tiers and bounded by the road known as Durkins Road, which today provides access to the racecourse. In early years many of the horses, as well as race patrons, travelled to Spreyton from throughout northern Tasmania by train, as the course is located alongside the main north-west line.
The club has continued to race each year since its inception with the exception of the war years, increasing the number of meetings each season to at one stage 18.
The club also has strong links with many champion gallopers with former committee members Ray Trinder’s win with Piping Lane in the 1972 Melbourne Cup, the late Dr Michael Wilsons victory with Beer Street in the 1970 Caulfield Cup, Lloyd Bonney’s win with Lloyds Gold in the 1979 Australian Derby, and former chairman David Yaxley’s victory with Sydeston in the 1990 Caulfield Cup.
Club records for the Devonport Cup extend back to 1919 when it was won by Enigmatical and continued through with winners recorded for each year except 1943 when World War 2 interrupted racing.
During the war effort, the racecourse was used for spreading and drying flax by the Flax Board.
The Devonport Racing Club has enjoyed rapid growth in recent years and now boasts racing, viewing and training facilities on par with comparable mainland courses.
The first major improvement was drainage work carried out in the 1979s but the most important changes have been carried out in the last 10 – 12 years.
In 1988-89, the club set the ball rolling by spending $38,000 on a new sand track and safety rail to accommodate the large number of horses being trained at Spreyton.
The following year the club’s improvements were recognised when it was granted a heat of the world jumping jockeys championship. Then following the 1991 Cup carnival, the club closed its course proper and B grass to allow major reconstruction to take place. This included widening and adjusting the camber of several turns and re-sowing the course.
It has only been in the last 15 years that the Devonport Racing Club has come of age. The club’s turning point came in 2006 when the DRC committee began to rally for an upgrade to their turf track. In June 2009 after an exhaustive study that took in excess of 12 months, the committee was ecstatic to announce an $11 million upgrade by Tasracing from a turf track to an all-weather synthetic surface. And so in March 2011, a new era of racing began in Tasmania with a synthetic track that now allows training and racing at Devonport seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Stage one of the track reconstruction commenced on Friday 4th March 2011 when the track was handed over to Tasmanian company Shaw’s Contracting. Shaw’s dug up the previous turf track, laid pipes and drainage rock and added a cement curb inside and out the whole way around the track. Stage two commenced on the 9th June 2011 when Roadways company from Burnie laid a porous asphalt base over the pipes and layer of drainage rock thus ensuring the integrity of the entire project by protecting the drainage profile and providing a stable base for the world-class synthetic surface.
In July of 2011 stage three was put in place when the new Tapeta surface, designed by trainer Michael Dickenson of Tapeta Footings, began to be mixed and laid.
Tapeta is specially designed first and foremost to protect the horse's wellbeing. The patented wax-coated mixture of sand, rubber and fibre is impervious to weather and never turns to mud, and is the only system on the market today that has been tested over time and holds up under varied and severe weather conditions.
In August of 2011, the first horses crossed onto our new state of the art track for training, marking a new beginning to racing at Devonport and Tasmania.
The club also has strong links with many champion gallopers with former committee members Ray Trinder’s win with Piping Lane in the 1972 Melbourne Cup, the late Dr Michael Wilsons victory with Beer Street in the 1970 Caulfield Cup, Lloyd Bonney’s win with Lloyds Gold in the 1979 Australian Derby, former chairman’s David Yaxley’s victory with Sydeston in the 1990 Caulfield Cup.