Launceston Racecourse is also referred to as Mowbray Racecourse and it is situated in Mowbray, Tasmania, Australia which is about 3 kilometres from the centre of Launceston City. The city is the second largest in Tasmania and is a base for visitors and locals to experience culture, arts, national parks, historic villages, markets, food and wine. It is a thriving city with many attractions, including the racecourse.
Both Longford Racecourse and Hobart Racecourse are in close proximity to Launceston. There is a general admission fee but when there are race day events being held the costs are increased. The racecourse is set amongst breath taking views and a lovely setting for horse betting.
All of the horse racing that takes place at the Launceston Recourse is operated by the Tasmanian Turf Club and the track itself is known as Tasman Park. The main event held at the racecourse is the Launceston Cup which is an annual event held in the start of the year every summer. This event is a world class affair for thoroughbred racing, glamour, fashion and other entertainment.
Stakes and Races Held at Launceston Racecourse
The Launceston Cup has been held since 1865 and is a prestigious thoroughbred race that is run over 2 400 metres. It is a group 3 open handicap race held in February with prize money exceeding AUD 200 000. Horse of all ages may race this event under handicap conditions.
Each year there are approximately 25 meetings that take place with the Summer Carnival being its most notable event. The stakes and races that are held here includes the Listed Magic Millions Tasmanian 2YO Classic which is open to two year olds and run over 1 200 metres.
There is the group 3 Varnos Stakes race for fillies and mares which is run over 1 400 metres, the Listed Gold Sovereign Stakes which is a two year old race run over 1 200 metres, the open handicap Tatts George Adams Plate run over 1 600 metres and the Listed Tasmanian Oaks which is a race for fillies and run over 2 100 metres.
Magic Millions Tasmanian 2YO Classic and Georges Adams Plate have prizes of AUD 100 000, Tasmanian Oaks and the Golds Sovereign Stakes award prizes of AUD 150 000, Varnos Stakes has a prize of AUD 125 000 and the Launceston Cup offers a main prize of AUD 225 000.
The Tasman Park Track Details
The track at Launceston Racecourse has a shape similar to a lozenge. There are four rather short straights to run and there are four turns in total. The circumference of the Tasman Park track is 1 830 metres with the home straight being only 230 metres long.
The Tasman Park track at Launceston Racecourse is always run in a counter clockwise direction and is most favourable for the horses that are running in the inside barrier for the shorter distance starting points but because of the many turns it is best for horses that are nearer the inside and running on pace regardless of what distance the starting point is at.