Our Race Sponsors

Race 1

Good To Have You Back At Balnarring Maiden Plate 1008m

Race 2

Norm McDonell Maiden Plate 1200m

The Balnarring Picnic Racing Club would like to congratulate a new life member Norm McDonell.

Helenette led all the way to win the 1948 Balnarring Cup to give jockey Norm McDonell the Cup win.  Congratulations Norm!

Race 3


MINTBET are proud supporters of picnic racing, and are thrilled to be back on track at wonderful Balnarring.  Come say G’day to us in the betting ring and we’ll help make your day at the races a mint day out, with top odds and friendly customer service, banter optional.

Race 4

Arranged by his brother Patrick

After just missing out on a spot in The Wallabies starting fifteen, Peter ‘Dingo’ Sherwood settled for a life of wine appreciation, and terrible punting. If you need a ‘sure thing’ for today just stand by and listen for Pete to say the magic words “we’re on here boys” and put the house on it.

Race 5

Sponsored by Lauren Bodo-Williams

In the past Lauren enjoyed the horse races and attended Spring Racing Carnival every year! But with Covid restrictions she could only watch it on the TV!  Lauren has sponsored race 5 today to support and give back to the industry that has given her so much joy and helped her through the really tough time of Lockdown! 

Race 6

Lyn Tregellis Open Trophy Race Handicap 1600m

The Balnarring Picnic Racing Club would like to congratulate a new life member Lyn Tregellis.  Lyn has been a volunteer selling tickets in the $500 raffle for 25 years plus. Thank you Lyn for the contribution you make to the club.

Race 1

Myles Lewis Punters Club Champion Maiden Plate 2000m

Welcome to the inaugural Myles Lewis Maiden Plate, who gets the naming rights for leading the lads Punters Club as the best punter of the year. His hair may be thin, but his winning slips are anything but. Well done Lewi and congratulations to today’s winning connections.

Race 2

Frankston Districts Tigersharks AFL Superules Football Club Open Trophy Race Handicap 2000m

Frankston District Tigersharks welcome anyone over 35 to come down for a kick, fielding teams in the over 35’s over 45’s and Over 50’s in the AFL superules competition and are based out of Skybus stadium in Frankston. Training is once a week and games are every second Sunday during the season. If you want to know more you can find them in marquee in the members carpark.


Race 3

That Spirited Lot Distillers Maiden Plate 1200m

That Spirited Lot Distillers is a craft spirits distillery located in Seaford and are proud supporters of the Balnarring picnic races. 

Run by two local families, the team produce high quality spirits and mixers made from ingredients inspired by their home on the Mornington Peninsula and travels together abroad. If you’re after a locally crafted gin for your G&T or want to get crafty at home with cocktails, check out what they have to offer! 


Race 4

BDS Civil Trophy Race (2) Handicap 1200m

BDS Civil & Construction is a civil contractor that has been family owned and operated since 2016. Their team specialises in civil and rail services for major transport infrastructure builders and contractors around Australia. Enquire at


Race 5

Barker-Boal Bucks Blue Ribbon Open Trophy Race Handicap 1200m

Jacob Barker, known to his friends as the embattled war veteran, has seen off centuries of conflict, survived the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic and even managed to outlast his days as a tormented child chimney sweep in London to be here today. His husky voice and disfigured gait might reflect those years of turmoil but his youth was revived when he met his lovely bride to be.  

Today, in the Barker-Boal Bucks Blue Ribbon Open Trophy Handicap, we celebrate this welcomed union and wish our friend many happy and peaceful years to come. 

Race 6

HomeRun Food Co Trophy Race(1) Handicap 1600m

“HomeRun Food Co is a Mornington Peninsula business offering beautiful, fresh, meals delivered straight to your doorstep. The meals are cooked by professional chefs using local produce. Order by 11am for same day delivery. ‘Mix It Up and Keep It Fresh’ with HomeRun Food Co.”


Race 1

Hillcrest Angels Maiden Plate 2000m

Moved by the tragedy at Hillcrest Primary School we dedicate our first race to the children who died on Thursday 16th December following the horrific jumping castle tragedy in Tasmania. 

Our thoughts are with their families and loved ones, school mates and teachers, and wider school community as well as those emergency services who attended the scene as first responders. 

The Balnarring Picnic Racing Club will donate $1,000 and encourages you to dig deep to help support the victims and families. 

Race 2

Happy Birthday Harry Trophy Race(1) Handicap 2000m

Harry Luke Fraser was foaled on this day in 2017 – and he is the prized colt out of Brendan and Vanessa Fraser, stabled here in Balnarring.  He has been bucking his brands off to be here today. 

Harry is the full brother to the exciting filly, Frankie Fraser. 

You will most likely find Harry today galloping around playing with this trucks and Lego. 

Happy 4th birthday Harry .. we hope you get the caaaasssshhhh!

Race 3

Rod Geilman 50th Birthday Maiden Plate 1008m

Rod Geilman lives and breathes horse racing. He has been involved in racing since his first visit to a racecourse as a 1-year-old. Having grown up on country racecourses, he wrote out race cards, penciled and was the runner and baggy for his dad, who was a bookmaker in Gippsland. He has owned and still owns shares in racehorses, has visited racecourses around the world and a been a bookmaker in his own right. His passion for racing and particularly country clubs runs deep, something he is very proud of. Happy 50th Birthday Rod. 

Race 4

Helen Coster Open Trophy Race Handicap 1008m

Race 5

Robin Sharpe 50th Birthday Trophy Race(2) Handicap 1200m

Race 1

Peter Barber 26/12/1940 – 26/05/2021

Peter was a bookmaker with VRC for over 36 years.  Apart from the city meetings, Peter worked at several country tracks and always counted Balnarring as one of his favourite meetings. 

Peter has worked at Balnarring races for several years and would be proud to see his family taking over from him, bookmaking at the course he so loved to work at.

Race 2

Steel Revolution Maiden Plate 1200m

Steel Revolution is a family run steel business in Hastings.  They have over 25 years’ experience in the industry and aim to provide quality service, fast turnaround, accurate processing and exceptional industry knowledge.  They stock a wide variety of commonly used steel products, and enjoy building strong customer relationships. 

Race 3

PENRITE OIL Trophy Race(3) Handicap 1200m

For nearly 100 years Penrite Oil has been a trusted family owned and operated Australian business. 

Producing the highest quality and locally manufactured oil and lubricants for all your needs. 

Whether that’s for your daily drive, motorcycle, farm or agricultural needs, toy vehicle, marine craft or your race car. 

Race 4


Sponsors of the 2021 Australia Day Balnarring Cup.  For over two decades, OTI Racing has established premium racing partnerships in Australia and around the world.  They provide their clients with fulfilling and enjoyable racing experiences through exceptional management services of high-quality bloodstock.  Whether you are looking for a superior stayer, a classy colt or a fabulous filly – their focus is to find opportunities that suit your preferences and enable you to enjoy the thrill of racing.

Race 5

Sedgley & Sons Trophy Race(2) Handicap 1008m

Sedgley & Sons Pinot Noir is a special treat just for you.   Our wine upholds the tradition of fine Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir and compliments your table at an affordable price.   Cellar it or drink it now.   You will love it. 

Race 6

George Robinson Pitt Open Trophy Race Handicap 1008m

Today’s race is in loving memory of George Pitt, whose family and friends are here to remember him today. 

Group 1 winning owner George could rub shoulders with the best of them at the Everest, Happy Valley and Flemington but he was always happiest under the trees at Balnarring races. 

Race 1

Vale Jack Styring Trophy Race (1) Handicap 2000m

Race 2

Community Bank Balnarring & District Open Trophy 2000m

Community Bank Balnarring & District, a branch of Bendigo Bank is a fantastic supporter of our local community and returns 80% of its profits to those communities. Over the past 13 years the branch has invested over $2 million dollars in our local communities to fund important local projects and programs. As these funds are raised from branch profits, the more customers we have, the more profit we make and the more funds we have available to invest in our communities. It is a true local Community Bank, with local staff members and local volunteer board members. If you have not yet been in to visit our wonderful new branch in Balnarring Village, feel free to pop in and talk to our staff about your banking and how you can be part of supporting our community and making a difference. 

Race 3

Matt O’Sullivan Maiden Plate 1008m

Today we are here to celebrate the Birthday of our ratbag of a dad, brother, uncle & friend, Matt O’Sullivan.   Thank you for taking such excellent care of us all.  We know you think you’re the head of the family but just remember, your sisters are the neck & they tell your big moon head which way to turn!!!  Love to the moon & beyond…have the best day. The Fam Bam. 

Race 4

BayLinen Hire & Laundry Services Trophy Race(3) Handicap 1200m

Bay Linen provides a professionalised linen hire and laundry service.  Offering a quality range of linen and towels for accommodation providers, Air bnb’s, real estate agents, wineries and day spas to ensure guests can relax in comfort.  Bay Linen also offers a practical and cost effective option to laundering linen with the advantage of a collection and delivery service. 

Race 5

Tracey Wilson Reiger Memorial Open Trophy Race HCP 1200m

Race 6

Chelsea Maher Cancer Fight Trophy Race (2) Handicap 1600m

Race 2

Welcome Back Debbie Open Trophy Race Handicap

Race 3

Remembering the ANZACs Maiden Plate 1008m

Crib Point RSL attended to sell ANZAC merchandise.  Support our Veterans when they need it most and buy a pin.  All funds raised help ensure all Veterans and their families are given adequate welfare and support during times of need.  Your support is invaluable!! 

Race 4

Mick Pritchard Pty Ltd “Your Building Partner” Open Trophy Race Handicap 1008m

MP is based on the Mornington Peninsula and was founded by Mick Pritchard, providing high end construction.  Offering a custom and contemporary solution to build or renovate your dream home, small maintenance jobs and commercial buildings.  With our caring approach, we aim to ensure you enjoy your building journey and stay a partner of MP into the future. 

Mick Pritchard | Custom Builder

Race 5

Barmah Park Vineyard Trophy Race(3) Handicap 1200m

Conveniently located on Moorooduc Highway, just outside Mornington.  Join them for lunch or dinner in the restaurant for a relaxed yet refined experience with panoramic views over the vineyards. Or head to the rustic cellar door for a unique tasting journey.  See their ad in todays racebook for contact details. 

Barmah Park Restaurant & Cellar Door (barmahparkwines.com.au)

Race 6

4 Seasons Trophy Race(1) Handicap 1600m

A local of Balnarring, give Noel a call.  4 Seasons offer a full scope of year-round landscape and maintenance services. 


Any queries about sponsorship should be directed to the Club Secretary, secretary@balnarringraces.com
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