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15 September, 2022

Racing fun awaits at Atherton Cup

HOT on the heels of the Mareeba Annuals, this Saturday the attention turns to the Atherton Turf Club for the running of the Atherton Cup at Morrow Park.

Tolga trainer Janel Ryan with her horse Gaelic after they took out the 2021 Atherton Cup.
Tolga trainer Janel Ryan with her horse Gaelic after they took out the 2021 Atherton Cup.

With a total of $68,000 in prizemoney on off er for the winners of the six-race card, the Atherton Annuals is a great day on the racing calendar.

Organisers expect around 1000 people expected to flood through the gates from 11am, ready for a day of fun, music, fashion and food. 

Sponsored by the Barron Valley Hotel, Liquor Legends and XXXX, the Atherton Annuals is always a magnet for those who love to don their best gear to compete in the ever-popular Fashions on the field.

The competition promises to be hotly contested, with several categories including Lady of the Day, Young Lady, Teenage, Gentlemen of the Day, Kids and a People’s Choice category. 

On track, punters will have six races to try to pick a winner, with the Atherton Cup over 2000m to run as the last race on the card. 

The feature race will deliver $18,000 in prizemoney. The fifth race on the card, the Open Handicap over 1200m, has $14,000 in prizemoney up for grabs. 

Off track, there’s plenty of activities, with face painting for the kids, great food from the Atherton Lions Club and live music – with Joe and Wendy Paronella on one stage and Andy Brassett, known for his love of blues, on the other. 

Tickets are available online through the Atherton Turf Club’s Facebook page which will save punters lining up at the gate on the day. 

Entry for adults is $15; pensioners $5 and kids under 18 free. With spring racing now in full swing across the region, this popular annual country race day is set to attract a bumper crowd.


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