The Cocky races are a great fun day with plenty of atmosphere and entertainment.
Like any great Aussie Race Day our Cockroach Races (now in year 36) provide a sporting arena and dedicated stadium seating and corporate boxes for the races so you can participate in each race in style and everyone can enjoy the fun festival atmosphere.
We close off Baildon Street and set up the legendary arena in the council carpark across the road (directly beneath the Story Bridge) for this huge street party.
The day opens at 11am.
There is a street stage with live bands performing throughout the day and who can miss the dunking machine on the street which always provides great entertainment.
The Cockroach Races are HUGE with everyone getting the chance to get their cocky into the Hall of Fame. Two of the other biggest draw cards of the day are:
- The Best Team Costume Competition for teams ($2,000 prize) and the,
- Miss Cocky Competition ($200 prize).
The first race scurries off at 12noon, launching a jam-packed program of 14 races, including a steeple chase. Read our race rules so you can be prepared for this awesome day and take part for your chance at victory. The last race is around 4.30pm and the music and fun continues into the evening.
As usual, entry to the Cocky Races is simply a gold coin donation, which in 2017 will go to Youngcare.
As the story goes the Story Bridge Hotel Cockroach Races were started when two old punters sat in the bar arguing over which suburb had the biggest and fastest roaches.
They decided to race some roaches the next day and history was made.
The races have now been held at the Story Bridge Hotel for 36 years!