2019 Hunter Classic

Entries have now stopped for the 2019 Hunter Classic, the Classic Committee would like to thank all entries for their support and look forward to the new format.

2019 Hunter Classic

The Newcastle Hunter Classic committee has made some changes for the 2019 Hunter Classic.

There are two main reasons:

To give the owners more opportunities to win prize money.

To have the birds better prepared for the 500km Classic race.

It has been decided to fly three races before the 500km event. These races will be from approximately 150km, 250km and 350km with the Classic birds being liberated with other pigeons if possible to provide cover. We plan on each of the three races having $2,000 prize money to be split between four prizes.

This amount will be dependent upon your continued support (300 full paying entries) we are confident that we can achieve this.


Total cost of $150 covers three lead up races and the Classic 500km race. $60 per bird payable on nomination and $90 payable when audit done in March/April 2019.


You can nominate one spare for every two nominated birds. $40 to be paid for each spare at the time of nomination. This amount covers costs such as electronic rings, vaccination, health products and general costs such as tossing etc. Most importantly it qualifies the spare to compete for prize money in the three lead up races. A spare bird can replace a lost nominated bird for the 500km Classic at no additional cost.

A spare bird that is not replacing a nominated bird can be activated for the final race by making a payment of $110.

Replacement Birds

If for any reason a bird needs to be replaced this can be done up until the end of January by the owner. If the owner can not supply a replacement bird the Hunter Classic will supply a bird for that owner.


The Benzing electronic timing system will be used to decide the winners of all races.  


We believe that these changes will make for a more interesting event with greater prize money available (for a small cost increase) and have birds at peak fitness for the final event.                                                                                

Main Race Prizemoney

1st $10,000, 2nd $2,500, 3rd $1,000, 4th $500.

5th Through to 10th Free entry for the following year race.

Main Race Prize Money is dependant on a minimum of 200 full paying entries

Thanking You

Mick Scroggy   



Race Schedule Dates

Main race to be run the last Sunday in August weather permitting, if main race needs to be postponed this will be done within 48 hours of birds being basketted. With the lead up races these races will be at the Hunter Classic Committees discretion, giving the birds 2 to 3 weeks between races. These races can be postponed at any time if weather is not suitable for a favourable release.


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