The Devonport Cup day is a local holiday for the Municipal area of Devonport. It is not a full public holiday but rather a local public service holiday as well as for those whose awards and employer agreements allow.
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Note: Municipal area of Devonport only.
The six thousand or more visitors to the Devonport Cup don’t need to be punters or regular race-goers to have a delightful day out.
The event is held on the second Wednesday of January and everyone from the fancy dressed to the high-rolling businessperson enjoys the hype and interaction at the Devonport Racing Club, and businesses and private groups often host their own marquee with food, champagne and networking.
Tickets are available from the club and selected venues around Devonport and vary in price from picnicking on the grass, to seating, to access to exclusive areas, with great food and drink sold around the venue for the duration of the day. Guests can choose to enter the Fashions on the Field competition where prizes are given in different age groups for the best-dressed man, woman and couple, plus an overall winner.
And, of course, most enjoy a punt on their favourite horse – whether by deliberate choice or random guesswork. The Devonport Cup can trace its history back to 1902 and its race winners back to 1918, with a short break for World War II. It is counted as one of the three major cups in Tasmania alongside the Hobart and Launceston Cups.