Horse racing has a long history in Newcastle. Sports loving workers, accustomed to the horse as their main means of transport, were quick to support competition between thoroughbred gallopers when organised racing began in 1848.
The first meeting of racegoers and enthusiasts of the Sport of Kings met to form the Newcastle Jockey Club in 1901. Since then the NJC has become one of the leading and most progressive racing clubs in Australia and rightly earned its place in the thoroughbred racing scene. With its close proximity to the rich breeding areas of the Hunter Valley, the club has also developed one of the State’s major training centres with many champions of the past and present commencing their racing careers at what has now become known as Beautiful Broadmeadow.