Situated on the banks of the Darling River 100km south-west of Bourke and
132km north-west of Cobar, Louth has an undeniable reputation for staging a great annual race meeting that keeps crowds coming back … year after year.
While racing in the village dates back to 1888, instead of horse and buggy, today's racegoers are more likely to arrive in air-conditioned buses and cars, or by aeroplane. However, our great bush hospitality remains the same.
And while racegoers love the sheer isolation of Louth – the colourful bush characters and the experience of watching the horses thunder past the winning post in a cloud of dust – the action isn't just confined to the Saturday. Instead, there are four days of entertainment and activities, so come along, join in the fun and embrace outback country racing at its best.
The stakes are high in the Fashions on the Field with fantastic cash and prizes in both the 'Best Dressed Lady' and 'Best Dressed Gentleman' categories.
Remember to dress appropriately for the season and the weather on the day if you are planning on entering!
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Major sponsors: Australan Wool Innovation (AWI) and Myer Dubbo.
MR/MRS PERSONALITY of LOUTH
If traditional racing attire is not your thing and you like to show off your personality with something more outrageous, get loud and proud and you might just win the title of Mr or Mrs Personality of Louth.
Crowd spotting the fancy dress at Louth Races is a sport in itlsef and we want to celebrate your efforts.
Check the race book for times, to make sure you don't miss strutting your stuff in your best novelty outfit.
Proudly sponsored and judged by: GRUBBY MICK's CAFE, BOURKE.
Sky Channel is in operation for off-course and interstate punters, and all the usual amenities such as betting fluctuation, bar,all day food (BBQ, hot dogs, sandwiches, wood fired pizzas)and afternoon tea are on-course for patrons.
Please note: due to liquor licencing laws, no alcohol is to be brought onto the course; however, BYO alcohol is still permitted in the camping ground.
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President Jim Strachan 02-6874 7423
Secretary Annabel Strachan 02 6874 7423
Wednesday 9th August
The Gundabooka Golf Challenge sees our die-hard golfers (and just-as-keen party-goers) chip and putt their way through the 9-hole outback course with the aid of just one stick. The day's festivitiesinclude lunch, drinks and a hearty dinner and charity auction at Shindy's Inn, with proceeds going to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Friday 11th August
The tiny Louth Public School holds an amazing art-and-craft fair from 10-2.30pm. Visitors browse the many display stands on offer, indulge in Devonshire teas, a sausage sizzle, and take advantage of massage and aromatherapy services. Book your stall by phoning the school - 02 6874 7426. At night there's a Calcutta and BBQ at Shindy's Inn and a band entertains the crowd until late.
Saturday 12th August
It's race day! The 7-race program – with prize money, of $60,000 – kicks off around midday. Sky Channel will be in operation for off-course and interstate punters, and all the usual amenities such as betting fluctuation, bar, BBQ lunch, wood fired pizza's and afternoon tea are available on-course for patrons. After the final race, the activities continue with live music by Rock City Rock, guaranteed to turn the saddling paddock into one big dusty dance floor.
Private trackside marquees with alcohol packages available – bookings essential. Phone Jim on 0428 812 448
WANT TO FLY TO THE LOUTH RACES FROM DUBBO?
Airlink Air Charters has a number of planes ready to go if you and your group want to arrive at pace and in style!
Depending on the size of your group, there is a 310 or Chieftains available.
Your day trip would leave Dubbo around 9am, putting you in Louth a bit after 10:30am. There are return airport transfers provided by the Louth Turf Club from the airstrip to the racecourse and flights will return to Dubbo after the last race.
If this sounds like your kind of races day trip, please give Tanya a call on 02 6884 2435 or email email@example.com