If you fancy a flutter whilst visiting the island state this season – or just a day out in your finest suit or dress – why not get along to experience all the glitz, glamour and glory of the Tasmanian Summer Racing Carnival?
One of the highlights of the fabulous carnival is the AAMI Launceston Cup held at Tasman Park February 29.
As Northern Tasmania’s premier event on the sport of kings’ calendar, this is always a fantastic day of racing, entertainment, fashion and of course socialising.
The whole city of Launceston seems to come alive with the buzz of carnival time, as colourful clothes, extravagant hats and hot tips on the next big race can be found on every street.
For many patrons this is a day to settle back in the marquee with a group of friends and chat about fashion over a glass of champagne, occasionally checking to see if one of their horses is anywhere near the lead.
Other guests might consider themselves to be somewhat of an expert, spending hours analysing the form and rushing between the tote and the track.
Some world class thoroughbred horse racing will be on display including the $50,000 Shaw Magic Millions Tasmanian 2yo Classic, $100,000 Eliza Park Vamos Stakes and the big one – the $225,000 AAMI Launceston Cup over 2,400 metres.
However you choose to enjoy the Launceston Cup – or any of the great events throughout the carnival – you are guaranteed to be treated to a vibrant atmosphere.
Adult tickets cost $35, concessions $30 and children under the age of 16 can enter for free.
For marquee reservations it is important to contact the Tasmanian Turf Club in advance.