Launceston Cup

The Launceston Cup is held on the third Wednesday each February and is a holiday is held for the public service in most of the region. It takes place at Mowbray Park around 3 kilometers from the heart of the city.

The Launceston Cup in the second-richest Tasmania race with stakes hovering around A$225,000. The race has been run since 1865 when it was a longer race of 2,600 metres. Today it is 200 metres shorter and  always attracts a field of Tasmania’s best gallopers eager to collect a Group status victory. It is also the second richest race held in Tasmania and attracts a race day crowd of around 16,000.

Cup day is a hugely important day in the social calendar of many Tasmanians. Business people set up corporate marquees to entertain guests and clients. But ordinary punters need not feel left out as there are many ways to eat and drink and enjoy a great race day.

Pre-purchased discounts and seniors’ discounts makes the day an affordable one for everyone. On the day, guests can travel to the track via the free Metro bus shuttle that operates from City Stop E (St John Street) every fifteen minutes. Race day patrons who drive can park in the centre of the track and in other car parks nearby.

As with most cup days in Australia, fashion features strongly and Launceston Cup Day holds competitions that have prizes such as travel and cash for men and women fashion day winners.

Launceston Cup

Launceston Cup