THE Newcastle and Hunter racing Hall of Fame will be launched at a media luncheon at the Broadmeadow meeting on Saturday, January 7, 2017.
CHAMPION: Luskin Star after winning the 1977 Golden Slipper.
While Newcastle has a sporting Hall of Fame, into which racing identities have been inducted, the region has never had a racing equivalent. There will be four categories for inductees: horses, trainers, jockeys and associates.
The selection panel includes Greg Radley (Sky Racing), Gary Harley (Newcastle Herald), Brian Judd (Newcastle Jockey Club director and former Racing NSW administrator) and Ray Thomas (News Limited). The inaugural Hall of Fame dinner, in which the first eight inductees will announced, is to be held on Wednesday night, March 15, at Broadmeadow race course.
Future inductees will take place every second year.
The public will be asked to nominate people or horses for consideration. Official nomination forms will be available from the NJC.
Nominations close on January 31, 2017.
In recent years, Robert Thompson, Luskin Star and Choisir have been inducted into the n Racing Hall of Fame, becoming the first representatives from this region.
Former Newcastle Herald racing journalist Sam North will assist the selection panel with research spanning many decades.
The Hall of Fame announcement will be followed two days later by the opening of the NJC’s new $11.2 million track redevelopment, which will host the first Group 3 race on the course proper on Friday, March 17, as part of Newcastle Newmarket Race Day. NJC CEO Matt Benson was confident the redevelopment would prove “the best racetrack in is in Newcastle”.