|2017||22 Feb||Wed||Launceston Cup||All Day –
Municipal areas of Break O’Day, Dorset, George Town, Glamorgan-Spring Bay (north of and including Cranbrook), Launceston excluding Launceston City centre and suburbs specified below, Meander Valley excluding suburbs and townships specified below, Northern Midlands, Southern Midlands north of but not including Oatlands, West Tamar excluding townships specified below.
|2018||28 Feb||Wed||Launceston Cup||From 11am –
Launceston City centre and the following suburbs and townships Alanvale, Blackstone Heights, East Launceston, Elphin, Franklin Village, Glen Dhu, Inveresk, Invermay, Killafaddy, Kings Meadows, Mayfield, Mowbray, Mowbray Heights, Newnham, Newstead, North Riverside, Norwood, Prospect, Prospect Vale, Punchbowl, Ravenswood, Riverside, Rocherlea, St Leonards, Sandhill, South Launceston, Summerhill, Trevallyn, Vermont, Waverley, West Launceston, West Riverside, Youngtown.
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.