Vale Stefano Cherchi

Sardinian-born jockey, Stefano Cherchi, aged 23, died as the result of injuries sustained after a tragic race fall at Canberra on Wednesday, 20 March 2024.   He was transported to Canberra Hospital following the incident, where he remained in intensive care up until his passing on Wednesday, April 3rd. His parents Sebastian and Maria, and his…

Annual Racing Fraternity Mass – Sunday 17 March 2024

People from all facets of Sydney racing are invited to attend the 2024 Annual Sydney Racing Fraternity Mass. The Racing Mass, to be held on Sunday 17 March, 2024 at 11am, is attended by people of all denominations and by people who are non-churched, representing all sections of the racing industry and is offered for the…

Merry Christmas from the Racing Chaplains

Merry Christmas! 2023 has been the 20th Anniversary of Australian Racing Christian Chaplaincy and we appreciate your encouragement, support and prayers throughout this year. James Flavin & Colin Watts & were at Arrowfield Stud a few weeks ago filming the ARCC Christmas Message, which is available below. It is our hope and prayer that you…

Celebrating 20 Years

We concluded the celebrations for our 20th anniversary with a small gathering of supporters at the Royal Automobile Club of Australia on Tuesday evening (December 5). Mr. Sam Hordern offered the toast, our Chair Dr. Karin Sowada responded, our senior Chaplain the Rev Colin Watts prayed whilst our CEO Mr. James Flavin acted as MC….

Canterbury Evening Star Strapper Awards

At each Friday night meeting at Canterbury Park during the 2023/2024 night racing season, the Australian Turf Club is presenting a $100 award to the strapper of the ‘Best Turned Out’ horse in the feature race of the evening (the KIA Evening Star).  (Click here to see the winners list …)

ARCC Annual Conference

We’ve recently held our Annual Conference. The cake in the middle of the photo is to celebrate our 20th Anniversary. Thanks to the support & partnership of Australian Turf Club, Sports Chaplaincy Australia, Chris Waller Racing, Golden Grove & St Martin’s Anglican Church Kensington. The conference culminated in a Thanksgiving Service at St Martin’s Kensington.

Best Turned Out awards – Saturday Sep 23

In partnership with The Australian Turf Club, ARCC will reward strappers in each of the five feature races held on Golden Rose Day at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday September 23, 2023. The best presented horse in these races will earn their handler a $200 prize. Jointly sponsored by the ATC and ARCC, the awards will be presented for each of the…

2YO Trials – Strappers’ BBQ – September 18

ARCC hosted a BBQ for strappers at the Official 2YO trials at Royal Randwick on Monday 18 September 2023. In the busy grind of morning trackwork, especially in the pressurised carnival atmosphere, a free sausage and a warm smile is always welcome! Thanks to the ATC for their assistance, and the intrepid volunteers who did…