Now 120, Laura races prove stay­ing power

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Moya Stevens

CEL­E­BRAT­ING its 120th an­niver­sary, the Laura Ama­teur Turf Club hosted a hugely suc­cess­ful day of rac­ing at one of the most re­mote, pic­turesque race cour­ses in the state.

Ac­cord­ing to the pres­i­dent of the club, Mr Gra­ham Love, each year in re­cent times the event has grown more pop­u­lar.

“This year it looks like we have had about 3500 peo­ple here which is great,” he said.

A fea­tured event on Rac­ing Queens­land’s an­nual cal­en­dar, the Laura Races ran five races with an av­er­age of 7 horses in each race.

The Laura Cup was won by 6 year old Shekou trained by Janel Ryan of Ather­ton.

The mounts for the event came from a va­ri­ety of sta­bles in­clud­ing Ma­reeba, Cairns and Ather­ton and 12 horses par­tic­i­pated from Mackay.

The en­thu­si­as­tic crowd made for en­ter­tain­ing ob­ser­va­tion with many of the young women dress­ing for the Fash­ions of the Field.

Camp­ing was the pop­u­lar mode of ac­com­mo­da­tion in and around the race­course grounds.

Cou­pled with the races was the Laura Rodeo and Cam­p­draft As­so­ci­a­tion’s rodeo and bull ride events on their arena ad­ja­cent the race­course.

This year the two events com­bined at the gate so one en­try fee of $30 en­abled pa­trons to at­tend the races, rodeo and bull ride, and the Fri­day and Satur­day nights’ en­ter­tain­ment.

“Where can you get a cheaper week­end for fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment on Cape York than in Laura this week­end?” Mr Love said.

The prof­its from the week­end race meet will be put to­wards an ex­pan­sion of the water in­fra­struc­ture.

“We are also go­ing to push for an ad­di­tional race for next year as well,” pres­i­dent Love said.

Where can you get a cheaper week­end for fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment on Cape York?


Smith fam­ily from Dou­glas Shire and beyond

Rosina Ives and San­dra Lanskey of Moss­man

Zac Hor­nung-Clarke (Ma­reeba), Matt Meyer (Tolga), Chelsea Gallo and Dale Col­grave (Townsville)

Pip Fagg of Oak Beach and Meg Craven of Port Dou­glas

The Laura Cup

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