Tyers Park is the key racing centre for the Central Districts region overall and a vital supplier of race meetings for 2nd tier metropolitan and provincial trained gallopers. Given its location and proximity to Sydney Tyers Park provides the perfect training base for those horses worthy of metropolitan and provincial participation.
With 12 meetings currently scheduled per year the track has in the past hosted up to 15 meetings during a season. Notably major meetings, which include, Bathurst Cup (February) and BTR’s feature race day Soldiers Saddle (Anzac Day) bring acclaimed horses, trainers and owners to Bathurst and naturally the crowds follow.
Tyers Park has a 1600 meter course circumference with a lengthy 390 meter home straight. However it can boast race starts up to 2000 meters. This makes BTR a key catchment for lower grade Hawkesbury horses and an ever increasing representation from Rosehill and Warwick Farm trainers on all race days throughout the year.
Tyers Park – the history
Running its inaugural meeting in 1959, Tyers Park boasts a long and distinguished history within the NSW racing industry for both racing and training.
Horses trained at Bathurst include the winners of a Cox Plate, Villiers and Summer Cup (Rising Prince) the Gosford Guineas (Top of the Nap) and an Epsom Handicap (Gold Circle).
The tradition of racing goes back much farther however with 1866 Melbourne Cup winner The Barb being stabled and trained by John Tait on Stephens Lane at Bathurst, situated only 1.5 kms from the current track, The Barb’s stables are still in operation today – restored and used privately by market gardeners.
Figure 1 - Famous stallion 'The Barb' was trained in Bathurst
With its strong local economy and diverse rural pursuits of stone fruits, grain, sheep and beef cattle, Bathurst has always been a source of significant racehorse ownership.
Most notably, former Australian champion galloper Tulloch was owned by Bathurst family the Hayley’s.
Figure 2 - "Tulloch" one of the finest horses in Australian racing history
Tulloch stood at Haley's Te Koona Stud where, he sired two stakes winners, in Dahma Star (1967 Christmas Cup) and Valide (1968 SA Oaks), whilst going onto sire many stakes producing broodmares.
Also on the Tyers Park honour roll is leading rider Hugh Bowman. Apprenticed to local trainer Leanne Aspros, Hugh was highly successful during his tutelage and credits a wonderful grounding for current success to Leanne and to Billy Aspros, (himself a former leading country NSW rider) who provided Hugh with invaluable hands on guidance.
Figure 3 – Champion jockey Hugh Bowman who was apprenticed by local trainer Leanne Aspros