Hooves, hats, and history: Ashbourne Moss Vale saddles up for the Bong Bong Picnic Races

Ashbourne Moss Vale will be hosting guests in their exclusive marquee, including future residents at the new community, winners of ticket giveaways and representatives of local businesses and community organisations – it’s going to be a celebration like no other! Entertainment will include their own ‘Fash-bourne’ on the Field with prizes for best-dressed and best headpiece.

Adrian Liaw, CEO and Executive Director of Novm, says he couldn’t be happier to support an event that has long-been the heartbeat of the Southern Highlands community social scene.

“We’re proud to sponsor an event that holds a special place in the heart of this community. It’s been missed in recent years and we’re expecting this will be a grand return,” he said.

“We wish all the jockeys and horses the best of luck, and will be cheering especially loudly for all those running in Race 1!”

Established in 1886, the popular race day is back for the first time in three years, after covid and extreme weather events forced a hiatus.

Since 1886, the Bong Bong Picnic Race Club has played a pivotal role in Australia’s racing history, especially for the Southern Highlands. The first Bong Bong Cup, claimed by Don Antonio, was held at Throsby Park before the event relocated to “Wyeera” in the late 1970s. The club has a rich legacy, including being the first to televise races in both black and white and in colour, and also pioneering races exclusively for female riders.

Picnic races are a little different to city-based races. Picnic race are mainly held in rural or regional areas and are more informal and community-oriented. Guests typically pack their own picnic to enjoy the races in a relaxed social setting – but don’t think that means there’s any less fuss with outfits – just about anything goes, just bring something for any weather event.