Charters Towers is Host to the Annual Towers Cup
Charters Towers is a town in northern Queensland, Australia. It is 134 kilometres inland from Townsville on the Flinders Highway. In 2011 the population was 8,234 people. During the last quarter of the 19th century the town boomed as the rich gold deposits under the city were developed. After becoming uneconomic in the 20th century, profitable mining operations have commenced once again.
Charters Towers is now renowned for its historic character and appeal, its sprawling cattle stations, astonishing sunsets, a friendly atmosphere and for the collection of beautifully preserved 19th and early 20th century buildings that are now restored and used for everyday business. The magnificent heritage pubs, shops, museums and houses provide a treasure trove for visitors to experience and learn of life in these early pioneering days of outback Queensland.
Charters Towers Amateur Cup Race Day
The Charters Towers Amateur Cup Race Day is a big day for country racing in Australia as thousands come to enjoy atmosphere, the entertainment, the fashions, the betting, of course the horseracing. The racing consists of a five race program on a glorious spring day. The action on the track is highly competitive too.
In 2015, the jockey Peter Cullen was victorious on Concert Image in the Coleman’s Stockfeeds Maiden Plate and doubled down in the Hammer & Co Earthmoving QTIS Class 3 Plate on Choi Oi one race later. Jeffrey Felix was the big winner with Ultra Red in the Enterprise Hotel Bundy Rum BenchMark 55 Handicap, and followed that up with a win on Cracow in the Charters Towers Amateur Cup BenchMark 70 Handicap.
The Charters Towers Amateur Race Club provides an annual day of country racing, which includes a luncheon in the marquee for those who wish to dine and watch the races in comfort. Included on the day is one of the largest Fashions on the Field competitions seen at any country race meeting. The Towers Cup, as it is known, is held on Caulfield Cup Day each year. The Charters Towers Amateur Cup is run over 1600m.
An Amateur Racing Venue
The Charters Towers Racecourse is the venue where, three times a year, the Towers Jockey Club races. The big day is the Towers Cup Annuals, when five races take place, including the locally sponsored Northern Miner Cup and the big race of the day – the Towers Cup. With horses and fashions and all that is part of the country racing calendar for an entire day every year the running of the Towers Cup means local residents and visitors from across the region turn out to the races to enjoy the festivities. The occasion includes festivities for people of all ages.
Horse races were amongst the first organised sporting events in Australia and served as both a recreation and for the furtherance of horse breeding. This was important in an era when horses were used for transport, industry and warfare as well as for recreation. Horseracing, and in particular country horse racing in Australia has become so much more than just an equestrian event; it is now a complete social occasion, resplendent with celebrity attendance, haute couture exhibitions, and significant prize money. It is not only at Charters Towers, and the event of the Towers Cup Day that the country racing scene has become a social occurrence, but all over Australia these races are proving popular.