First past the post with Australia Post
Australia Post customers will be racing toward a photo-finish to collect a new stamp issue featuring major metropolitan horseracing courses. Eagle Farm (Queensland), Royal Randwick (New South Wales), Morphettville (South Australia) and Flemington (Victoria) feature on the stamps.
Australia Post Philatelic Manager Michael Zsolt said, "Horseracing is one of the country's most popular spectator sports, and this stamp issue comes just in time for spring racing season.
"We trust collectors and horseracing enthusiasts will jump at the opportunity to collect these racecourse stamps and the associated products."
The Australian metropolitan racecourses, on which the lion's share of Group 1 races are run, include:
- Eagle Farm, Queensland - Established in the Brisbane suburb of Ascot in 1863, Queensland's premier racing track is home to the Brisbane Racing Club. Its major racing event is the Brisbane Racing Carnival, held annually each May-June.
- Royal Randwick, New South Wales - Located in Sydney's eastern suburbs, Royal Randwick is Australia's oldest major racing venue, established in 1833, although between 1838 and 1860 it moved to Homebush. Royal Randwick is the home of the Australian Turf Club and it has recently undergone major redevelopment.
- Morphettville, South Australia - This venue hosted its first race meeting in 1875 and is home to the South Australian Jockey Club. Located in Adelaide, Morphettville is the state's largest and leading racecourse. The track features a world-first, hydraulically operated retractable winning post.
- Flemington, Victoria - Flemington is the oldest continuing metropolitan racecourse in the country, with races run annually since 1840. The Melbourne Cup, the richest and most famous Australian horse race, was first run on the course in 1861. Flemington is also home to the Victoria Racing Club, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year.