Racing plaque unveiled at CY O’Connor Reserve


The plaque at CY O’Connor Reserve.
The plaque at CY O’Connor Reserve.

WESTERN Australia’s 183 years of horse-racing heritage has been honoured with a new plaque at CY O’Connor Reserve, unveiled on Sunday, October 2.

Among the more than 100 people to visit the beach where the state’s first horse race was held in 1833 were members of WA’s racing community including leading riders and trainers from the Thompson, Patterson and Miller families. Australia’s oldest jockey still riding – 68-year-old Danny Miller – was there, while the 1960 Perth Cup was also on display.

Organisers Carmelo Amalfi and Terry Patterson, who secured a grant to help get the plaque installed, plan to hold a re-enactment race along the Cockburn Coast in October 2017.