Rosedale’s racing history

Honouring the history of horseracing in Rosedale, Kevin Andrews MP and his mother Sheila unveiled a plaque at the Patrobus statue.

Honouring the history of horseracing in Rosedale, Kevin Andrews MP and his mother Sheila unveiled a plaque at the Patrobus statue.

A PLAQUE honouring the history of horse racing in Rosedale was unveiled next to the statue of Gippsland’s own Melbourne Cup winner, Patrobus.

In a small ceremony on Saturday, federal government MP Kevin Andrews unveiled the plaque, surrounded by his family.

The Andrews have long been associated with the original Rosedale Racing Club, and Mr Andrews’ mother Sheila said she had fond memories.

“Nearly every week we went to a meeting somewhere — Stony Creek to Omeo,” she said.

Mr Andrews said he and his brothers used to hand out race entry forms each week, sometimes putting them under windscreen wipers on trainer’s cars.

“It was a different world,” he said.

“There hasn’t been a race meeting here for nearly 50 years now, but it was a central part of the town for over a century, and there were so many local people who contributed over a long period of time to establish the racing club and keep it going.

“I thought it would add to the story of Patrobus as well — as I recall, his first race was in Rosedale, and he came second, although that’s a polite way of saying he came last, because it was a two horse race.”

Wellington Shire mayor Carolyn Crossley said the plaque added to the region’s history.

“It acknowledges that fuller story of race tracks and race clubs in the district — I think it’s a great thing to add on to the narrative of Patrobus,” she said.

“Rosedale’s a really lovely historic town and very proud of its history, and it’s terrific that the Andrews family, which has been closely associated (with Rosedale) for ages, has made this contribution.”

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