Com­pass Cow Race

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

In Aus­tralia we are well-known for the won­der­ful thor­ough­bred race­horses we pro­duce - Black Caviar, Makybe Diva and Phar Lap, to name a few. So strong is the Aussie con­nec­tion with rac­ing, that it also ex­tends to other an­i­mals. In South Aus­tralia, it’s cows. The town of Mount Com­pass, an hour south of Ade­laide, is the home of cow rac­ing in Aus­tralia, with the an­nual Com­pass Cup held in Jan­uary each year. A jockey sits atop a dairy cow while three ‘‘urg­ers’’ help guide the be­mused cows in the right di­rec­tion. Next year will be the 40th an­niver­sary of the race - only 101 fewer than the Mel­bourne Cup.

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