Ardlethan racecourse up for sale

The ‘Warri’ property and Ardlethan Picnic Race Club’s racecourse is up for sale.

The future of Ardlethan Picnic Racing Club appears to be murky after the land on which it is located, which is a smaller part of the larger ‘Warri’ property, was put up for sale earlier this month. 

Located three kilometres south of Ardlethan, ‘Warri’ is one of the most well-known properties in Southern NSW, and that is because for over 60 years, the iconic Ardlethan picnic meeting has been conducted there on the banks of the Mirrool Creek.

Owners of the 481.6-hectare property are asking $2,950,000, and the Ardlethan Picnic Racing Club committee face a nervous wait to find out if the new owners will allow them to continue racing.

“Of course it is a nervous time for us,” said Ardlethan Picnic Racing Club president, Jack Stewart

“We’ve been racing there for 65-odd years or whatever it has been, and it is one of the last real picnic meetings, which is something we are really proud of. 

“We would love to continue running the meeting and losing it would be tough; you would lose that picnic atmosphere and history.”

Stewart and his committee were in the dark as far as prospective buyers. 

“We don’t know at all if a local is going to buy it or if somebody out there that loves racing will buy it,” Stewart said. 

If the sale of ‘Warri’ led to the demise of the current Ardlethan Racecourse, Stewart wasn’t sure if the committee would build a new racecourse close to Ardlethan. 

“Look it’s possible but none of that has been discussed because we haven’t crossed that bridge and that is because we haven’t had to yet,” Stewart said. 

“It’s all up in the air and everything needs to be discussed if we get to that point.”

Stewart did stress that the current owners of ‘Warri’ had been more than generous, with the Ardlethan Picnic Racing Club able to host some bumper picnic meetings in recent times. 

“The owners have been good to us over the years, and we are really grateful for that,” Stewart said. 

Ardlethan Picnic Race Club is scheduled to race again on March 18, 2023, but the sale of the property could very well put a spanner in the works.

Still, the club is hopeful that a racing-minded person will buy the property, ensuring the future of the club and their picnic racecourse for the years to come. 

Author’s hoofnote

The Southern Districts property of ‘Warri’ should be a hot commodity, as the Mirrool Creek runs through the middle of the 1,190-acre Ardlethan property, which boasts fertile loam soils on both sides of the creek. 

From an agriculture perspective, owners can grow canola and wheat, or run sheep and cattle, and its suitable to any dryland agricultural enterprise.

The property is subdivided into eight main paddocks. The 2022 crop consists of 230 acres of canola. The rest of the property is under pasture. 

There are a set of steel sheep yards in the middle of the property. Water is supplied by several large dams across the farm.

For more information, readers can contact Angus McLaren of Miller and James Real Estate on 0428496289.