More than just a race day

WHILE the best thoroughbred horses from around Tasmania and interstate will gather at UBET Park at Elwick for the Betfair Exchange Hobart Cup (8 February) and supporting races, there is much more to the race day than racing.

Tasmanian Racing Club (TRC) chief executive Shayne Stevenson said it was the obvious aim of the club to deliver a high quality sporting experience.

“Supporting this experience are a variety of high quality dining and hospitality options,” he said.

“It is an often used cliché, but we do really aim to provide something for all tastes, all budgets and all ages.

“Betfair Exchange Hobart Cup day is a key event on the southern Tasmanian social calendar.

“Everyone enjoys a day at the races and getting dressed up. Hobart Cup day provides the perfect opportunity to do just that.”

Tasracing chairman Dean Cooper said Tasracing and the host clubs were confident the carnival and its feature race days would again attract strong interstate interest from owners, trainers and jockeys.

“It is worth noting, though, that last year 80 per cent of the total carnival prize pool was won by Tasmanian horses,” he said.

“This was a strong result for the state’s thoroughbred industry.

“It also sent a clear message that Tasmanian-owned horses can compete against good horses from interstate.”

Mr Cooper acknowledged the carnival’s naming rights partner – Betfair Exchange – for its long-term support of the thoroughbred carnival.

“Betfair is a high-profile, international organisation that already had a relationship and a presence in Tasmania before joining with the thoroughbred industry in this important sponsorship,” he said.

Mr Cooper also acknowledged UBET, which is again offering the $100,000 Cups Double bonus for any horse that can win both the Hobart and Launceston Cups in the same year.

In 2016, the seven-week carnival – which started on 8 January with the running of the twilight $100,000 Tasmanian Guineas and concludes on Betfair Exchange Launceston Cup day on 24 February – will offer nearly $2.9 million in prize money.

This year’s Betfair Exchange Hobart Cup is worth $200,000. The Elwick Stakes, Strutt Stakes and Thomas Lyons, each worth $100,000, will also be run on Hobart Cup day.

The George Adams Plate and the Gold Sovereign Stakes, both worth $100,000, will be run on the same day as the $200,000 Betfair Exchange Launceston Cup.

Enjoy this story? Share it!

About the Author: Glenorchy Gazette

The Glenorchy Gazette is your monthly community newspaper, reaching over 24,000 homes and businesses in the Glenorchy municipality. It is the product of Nicolas Turner, Justine Brazil, Ben Hope, Simon Andrews, Tobias Hinds and guest contributors, with support from advertisers.

What’s new?

Go to Top