On the last Wednesday each February a holiday is held for the Launceston Cup – a holiday for the public service in most of the region.
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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.
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 racetrack, Tasman Park, is three kilometres from downtown Launceston. The Launceston Cup in the second-richest Tasmania race with stakes hovering around $300,000. The race has run since 1865 when it was a longer race of 2,600 metres. Today it is 200 metres shorter. It is run by the Tasmanian Turf Club and entertains a crowd of around 16,000.
The day is a huge day in the social life of many Tasmanians. Along with the large number of happy punters, many business people entertain their guests at the corporate marquee, or they hire their own private marquee. Either way, these are great ways to eat and drink and enjoy a race day while networking with clients and partners. The availability of pre-purchased discounts and seniors’ discounts makes the day affordable for everyone. On the day, guests can access the track via the free shuttles that run from various parts of Launceston. And the patrons who drive are able to park in the centre of the track and in other car parks.
As with most cup days around Australia, fashion takes an unavoidable front seat, after the horses of course. And Launceston Cup Day holds a competition that has prizes such as travel and cash for men and women fashions.