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Townsville’s Home of Racing Renamed to Honour Cluden Park

Townsville’s Home of Racing Renamed to Honour Cluden Park

10th May 2021 | By Cluden Park Media

Townsville Turf Club will officially take on a new name and brand today that honours 140 years of tradition and history in the city.

Cluden Park has been the home of racing since 1882 and replaces the Townsville Turf Club title. 

The official renaming reflects both the organization’s history and vision for the future. 

Cluden Park chairman Malcolm Petrofski explained the inspiration behind placing the well-known name at the forefront of the organization.

“It’s a name that is unique and special to racing not just in Townsville but as the headquarters for racing in the North,” Mr Petrofski.

Racing at Cluden Park has played a very important part in Townsville’s history and way of life from almost the time the city was founded.”

After being devastated by the floods in 2019 and heavily impacted by the pandemic, we looked at ways to open up our historic venue to be enjoyed by more members of the community,” he said.

The heritage-listed buildings underwent a $12 million redesign and redevelopment in 2019 and 2020, and additional landscaping was done to refresh the grounds in 2021.  

“Our first-class facilities we now have at Cluden Park have created a fantastic venue for the city not just for racing, but for dining, major events, corporate functions and special occasions,” Mr Petrofski said.

The buildings aren’t the only element of the refreshed business to experience an upgrade.

The Cluden Park brand is being introduced across the organisation’s digital platforms today too.

“We have a new website to represent everything we have on offer and will be updating our social media,” Mr Petrofski said.

“And it’s just in time for this year’s winter racing carnival which is shaping as one of the biggest for many years.”

From 12pm Monday 10 May, go to or visit us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @CludenPark.