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10 September, 2021

The ‘CUP’ visits Amateurs

SINCE 1959 the Cairns Amateur Racing Carnival has been the highpoint on the social calendar in the North. It’s much more than horse racing. Cairns Amateurs captures the essence of the region, the glamour, glitz, fashions, fillies and more.

By Peter McCullagh

This year has lifted to a new level. Cairns Amateurs President, David Goodman cannot wait for the Carnival to commence this weekend.

“It’s going to be big; we anticipate over 13,000 people will attend both Ladies Day on Friday as well as the Cup on Saturday.

“The support from locals this year is amazing. With borders closed and no international visitors our numbers could have been impacted badly, but locals are booking and going to turn out in their finery.”

The total prize pool for the Carnival will be a record $512,000, with $150,000 prize pool for the Cairns Amateurs Cup.

In a program packed with highpoints, the most coveted sporting trophy in Australia will be on display this weekend at the Carnival.

The Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy will be available for racing fans to view and have a picture taken with the $250,000 trophy.

The Melbourne Cup is accompanied by retired dual cup winning jockey John Letts. Normally the closest most Australian get to seeing the Cup is on their television screens as the watch the presentation after the big race in November.

“But we’re here for the Amateurs and it will be at all events, so please come and get a photo with it.”

Each year the Melbourne Cup tours the nation in the build up to the race that stops the nation. This year whilst in the north, the Cup will visit the reef as well as attending Amateurs.

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